IU Health LaPorte Hospital eliminates 112 jobs

A northern Indiana hospital has laid off 112 employees as part of a move to help cut its operating costs.

The Times of Munster reports that Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital announced the cuts Monday. Hospital President and chief executive officer Thor Thordarson said in a news release the jobs cuts were necessary because of the higher costs facing health care providers.

The hospital didn't immediately disclose exactly which jobs were cut. Thordarson says the hospital worked to make sure its nurse-to-patient ratio was not affected.

Indiana Hospital Association President Douglas Leonard says hospitals are continuing to suffer ill effects from the recession in the form of handling fewer elective surgeries and treating more patients who are uninsured or on Medicaid.

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