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ETMC: Layoffs and budget cuts coming

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The healthcare industry remains tough to navigate and on Tuesday, another local healthcare system confirmed they will have to cut jobs.

East Texas Medical Center told KLTV that they plan to cut 5 to 7 percent from their expenses. The cuts will be made across the entire ETMC system of facilities, which covers a large area of East Texas.

ETMC released the following statement on Tuesday:

"Throughout our organization's history, ETMC has focused on providing the highest level of healthcare in the communities we serve throughout East Texas.

Changes in the healthcare landscape are resulting in further cuts in reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. In response to this reduction in funding, the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System is making adjustments.

Across our system, we are looking to cut 5 to 7 percent from our expenses. This will result in the reduction of some services and the loss of some jobs at facilities across the region. We are making these difficult decisions in order to continue to provide the core services required by our local communities.

ETMC continues to be committed to providing excellent clinical care to our patients throughout East Texas."

The Trinity Mother Frances Health System also layed off about 80 employees at the beginning of March, citing expense reduction efforts.

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