Ashland hospital lays off workers due to rising bad debt

King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland’s largest employer, laid off an unknown number of workers because of debt from unreimbursed hospital care and bad debt that’s approaching $100 million this year, the Associated Press reported.

The report said 82 members of the Service Employees International Union were laid off and others were made part-time employees. A number of nonunion employees were also laid off.

Hospital spokeswoman Betsy Donahue said the number of layoffs isn’t final because administrators are trying to fill open positions with eligible employees.


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