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Staff layoffs, never easy, nevertheless make sense

Published 4:21am Monday, May 6, 2013 Updated 6:24am Monday, May 6, 2013

Cutting jobs is never a good thing. That Lake Region Healthcare found it necessary to lay off 16 employees and reduce its overall workforce by 33 positions will certainly hurt the economy of Fergus Falls in the short term — not to mention the individuals involved.

However, if LRHC’s staff reductions result in long-term viability, and will allow the clinic and hospital to remain independent, that is a good thing.

LRHC has remained independent at a time when many hospitals and clinics in smaller communities are being purchased by larger organizations.

The result most often means that fewer health services are available in those communities. It’s simply too convenient and cost-effective (for large, for-profit healthcare companies) to require that patients drive to a larger city for services instead of providing the equipment and staff locally.

Health care is an ever-changing field. It’s likely that jobs lost now will return in the future. Even if they don’t, keeping a thriving independent hospital and clinic in Fergus Falls is crucial for the local economy.

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