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Mason City, IA, hospital lays off workers

AP/Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2008

Mason City, IA-based Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has announced that it will reduce its 2,700-member staff by 44 employees before July 1. The hospital cited cuts in state and federal reimbursement, lower than projected patient volume, increasing operation expenses and increasing amount of unfunded care provided to uninsured and underinsured patients as reasons for the cutbacks.