The University of Mississippi Medical Center is laying off 115 employees. They are also leaving 90 unfilled positions vacant. The layoffs started Wednesday.
Dr. James E. Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, told 3 On Your Side the UMMC work force will be about 2 percent smaller than it was at the end of 2011.
He said administrators, technicians, nurses and support staff are among those affected.
Keeton said, "We look forward to the day that we don't have to do something like this. We're committed to increasing the number of health care professionals in Mississippi. This will not stop that. Quality of care will continue here at the highest level, but we have to be financially secure."
Keeton cites the huge number of uninsured patients seen by UMC and the high cost of implementing an electronic health record to comply with federal regulations, as reasons for the job action.
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