Northern Virginia Community Hospital, Arlington, will lay off 83 employees -- about a third of its workforce -- in late September as the hospital adjusts to lower patient volume, said a spokesman for the HCA-owned hospital. The cutbacks, effective Sept. 29, will leave the hospital with 125 to 150 employees, spokesman Mark Foust said. Patient volume has declined over time because the hospital is outmoded for inpatient care, Foust said. Nashville-based HCA has a certificate of public need from the state of Virginia to build a hospital in Loudoun County that would replace NVCH and Dominion Hospital, Falls Church, Va., but the county two weeks ago denied a zoning variance that HCA needs to move forward with the project. The company has about two more weeks to decide whether to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn the zoning ruling, Foust said. -- by Vince Galloro
Va. hospital plans to lay off one-third of staff
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