Local Hospitals Facing Layoffs

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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LURAY, Va. (WHSV) -- Layoffs are affecting many people here in the Valley, especially at local hospitals.

The Valley Health System announced on Wednesday 33 people lost their job and four people had their hours reduced. Nearly 60 percent of the layoffs happened at the Winchester Medical Center.

Elizabeth Butler, the owner of Gathering Grounds, serves employees from Page Memorial Hospital every day, but from now on she may pour one cup of coffee less.

"I feel if they are cut even one person is going to affect business this time of the year," said Butler.

PMH laid off one person and cut another person's hours.

"Just numbers for one person and what they would spend and you would multiply that by the days of the year and you will get a grotesque number," said Butler.

PMH President Travis Clark said the changes could impact those affected.

"Not surprised, just happy that there were minimal changes and that we haven't had to do it in the past," said Clark.

He said the cuts come from the struggling economy in Page County health care reform and fewer patients coming to the hospital.

"I think most of it has to do with, people can't afford it, changes in their health policies," said Clark.

"It's sad with the Affordable Care Act you would think that it would generate more jobs for people not cuts coming. That really surprises me," said Butler.

A sign of the times, that Butler hopes will change.

Shenandoah, Warren, Hampshire and War Memorial Hospitals lost at least one employee each.

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