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Dosher Hospital announces layoffs

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A decision was made to layoff 31 employees and reduces the hours of 17 others. (Source: Dosher Memorial Hospital) A decision was made to layoff 31 employees and reduces the hours of 17 others. (Source: Dosher Memorial Hospital)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

After the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees met Wednesday to discuss ways to get out of debt, a decision was made to layoff 31 employees and reduce the hours of 17 others.

The board of trustees met Wednesday in closed season to discuss ways to reduce the hospitals debt which included two options: early retirement or layoffs. In order for staff members to receive early retirement, they would have to be 60 years old with at least five years of service. 

If the board opted for layoffs, employees would have received one week of severance care for ever year of service up to 12 weeks. Employees would have also received three months of health care.

"The Board feels it's being proactive in addressing the hospital's continued shortfall now in order to continue its long-term growth plan," said Sherri Marshall, chair of the Dosher Board of Trustees. "Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients…consistent with staffing standards used in other area hospitals."

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