Hawaii hospital network to cut 64 jobs

Hawaii hospital network to cut 64 jobs

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's public hospital system, Hawaii Health Systems Corp., announced it will be cutting dozens of positions from two long-term care facilities and halting new admissions while it tackles funding issues.

The organization says it will cut 64 positions at Leahi Hospital and Maluhia. Officials say it is an emergency measure to remain operational as the organization faces an estimated $3.7 million deficit in fiscal year 2016, which began July 1.

Both facilities employ a total of 430 workers. The reduction represents roughly 15 percent of the staff.

HHSC notified employees, patients and caregivers of the cutbacks Tuesday. Staff reductions will not be fully implemented for more than three months. The official 90-day notice will be issued on Aug. 1.

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