Layoffs loom at Newton’s hospital.
Just over 70 Skiff Medical Center employees are going to be effected by budget-cutting recommendations approved by the hospital’s board of trustees. Ten employees directly tied to patient care will lose their jobs as will 13 other current hospital workers. Just over 50 employees will be working reduced hours and about two dozen vacant positions will remain unfilled.
The chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees says measures need to be taken to turn the hospital’s finances around, but he says the $3 million loss shown on the hospital’s books is actually much less than that.
(Reporting by Randy Van, KCOB, Newton)