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Sacred Heart issues pink slips to 33 workers

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has begun laying off employees, closing some programs and retooling the schedules of its employees. Hospital managers announced the closure of several programs this week. The net jobs lost from these initial actions are 33.

Hospital to announce layoffs next week

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will announce layoffs next week as the hospital copes with a slumping economy. Fewer people are having elective surgeries – a lucrative business for health care providers – and the numbers of patients without insurance or unable to pay their medical bills has risen while the overall number of patients has dropped.

Nurses at Sacred Heart win court battle over breaks

Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center have won a court fight against the hospital that they say will ensure adequate rest breaks and bolster patient safety. The sides have disagreed over what constitutes a rest break for years. The problems boiled over when the hospitals began counting trips to the bathroom, stops at drinking fountains and quick chats with co-workers against nurses’ rest breaks.