Brunswick General Hospital, Amityville, N.Y., one of the last for-profit hospitals in the state, began laying off up to 200 of its 950 workers, from all areas including clinical, to address an expected deficit of $8 million this year, said Amar Singh, the hospital's president and chief executive officer and a major shareholder. Last fall Singh and his business partners and the hospital's former owners ended three and a half years of litigation over ownership of the 192-bed facility. Singh blamed the hospital's financial problems on a declining census and inadequate reimbursement. Management has been working with the employees' union to resolve the financial crisis, he said. "I think the union realizes its better to work with us to save jobs than to lose all 950," he said. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. hospital to lay off up to 200 to close deficit
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