ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky medical center has cut 148 employees.
The Independent (http://bit.ly/144Do4G) reports King's Daughters Medical Center also said on Thursday that it will close two centers on Sept. 1, one in Russell and the other in Pikeville. Workers at those centers will be moved to other facilities.
Hospital spokesman Tom Dearing said most of the cuts affected support, administrative and supervisory employees at the center's hospital in Ashland. In addition to the cuts, Dearing said some workers had their hours cut from full-time to part-time.
He said staffing levels for direct patient care weren't changed.
The layoffs are "a blow to the community,"?said Kathleen Long, a home health clerk and single mother of two, who lost her job. "When you have that many people without jobs, it trickles all the way down."
A statement from King's Daughters President and CEO Fred Jackson blamed the layoffs on a variety of factors.
It said "a perfect storm of a shifting business model, changing federal and state reimbursements, increasing demand for charity care, and a weak economy" made the move necessary. He said the hospital tried to avoid layoffs by cutting spending and combining areas but it wasn't enough.
The medical center also laid off workers in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com