Employees report a massive layoff at Liberty Hospital

I’ve heard that the hospital is not doing well, so this isn’t a big surprise.

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LIBERTY, Mo. — Officials at Liberty Hospital confirmed Tuesday that they laid off 129 employees in an effort to cut $20 million.

The hospital said the lay-offs were a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act that will reduce Medicare payments to hospitals when it officially takes effect in January 2014.

The hospital said the lay-offs were a proactive measure to keep the hospital fiscally responsible. It said patient care would not be affected.

But many employees disagree. Amy Stone worked at the hospital as a nurse for eight years but was among those dismissed on Tuesday.

“The patients are going to end up suffering for it. They are going to have less nurses that will be taking care of more patients and the patients are going to get less and less care,” Stone said. “They’re not going to get their baths like they should, they’re…

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