- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The parent company of Springfield’s Baystate Medical Center is laying off of 24 employees, decreasing hours for 17, and leaving 45 positions unfilled to help close a $22 million budget shortfall.

A Baystate Health spokesman said Thursday the cuts, almost exclusively in Springfield, will be in clinical support, administration and management, and do not include bedside nurses or doctors.

Laid off employees have been given 30 days’ notice.

Baystate officials say the shortfall is the result of the government not paying enough to cover health care costs of the poor. Baystate Medical provided more than $112 million in unreimbursed care in 2014.

Affected employees will receive severance, extended benefits, and job placement assistance.

Baystate also runs hospitals in Ware, Palmer and Greenfield. Baystate Health employs about 11,500.

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