- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Akron-based Summa Health Systems has laid off 140 workers, has reduced hours for 30 more and has eliminated job openings as part of a cost-cutting move.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1usW0tm ) Tuesday that Summa president and chief executive Thomas J. Strauss has sent a letter to employees that says the layoffs come after a review of operations and finances.

Summa operates four hospitals in Summit County and is the county’s biggest employer.

The paper reports that Summa posted operating income of just $713,000 in the first half of this year. That’s compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2013.

Laid-off workers will receive severance and help finding jobs. A Summa spokesman told the paper that the cuts would save several million dollars a year.

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