McAlester hospital lays off 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The chief executive at McAlester Regional Health Center says six employees at the hospital are being laid off and 15 positions will be eliminated.

CEO Shaun Beggs says the layoffs are a result of fewer patients seeking health care because of the economy and the rising cost of health care for employees.

The hospital has now eliminated about 30 positions in the past six months.

Beggs says the layoffs include two nurses, a secretary and three supervisors.

He says hospital revenue is about $1.9 million below budget for the fiscal year and that patient admissions at the 197-bed hospital are down by about 400.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital,

http://www.mcalesternews.com

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