- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville has announced the intention to eliminate 70 jobs - about nine percent of its workforce

Hospital officials said in a written statement issued Wednesday that the center faces significant regulatory and reimbursement challenges.

The Kentucky New Era reported (https://bit.ly/1qKKBzw ) the hospital remains in solid financial condition, but posted an operating loss in the second quarter of 2014.

Officials at the 100-year-old hospital say the job cuts will come through a combination of an accelerated retirement program and layoffs.

Jennie Stuart Medical Center’s primary service area is the southern Pennyrile region, but JSMC also sees patients from Caldwell, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky and Montgomery County in Tennessee, all of which make up the hospital’s secondary coverage area.

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Information from: Kentucky New Era, https://www.kentuckynewera.com

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