St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., has laid off 96 employees and cut the work hours of five others in a move to trim $6.3 million from its payroll, the hospital announced. The job cuts represent reductions of 86.4 full-time-equivalent positions, said hospital spokesperson Stephanie Kruse. Of them, 18 FTEs were in management positions, 5.4 were technical workers, 21 came were clinical employees and 42 were in clerical positions. No nurses were laid off. Kruse said the cutbacks came as the hospital continues to deal with the impact of three key managed-care contracts lost to its Reno rival Washoe Medical Center. The contract with Blue Cross of California was lost in 2002 and contracts with Aetna and the state of Nevada were lost in 2003. The Blue Cross arrangement represented "a fairly large contract" for the hospital, Kruse said. -- by Joseph Conn
Nev. hospital cuts staff, citing lost contracts
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