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Washington state hospitals to trim workers

AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 30, 2009
Providence Health Care is planning to trim staff at its Eastern Washington hospitals, but says it hopes to avoid layoffs. The move is being prompted in part by a growing amount of unpaid medical bills as a result of the recession. In a memo to staff, the chief executive of Providence's regional operations said the nonprofit healthcare system is $9 million behind its budget.