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Mercy Medical Center to Lay Off Some Employees

SPRINGFIELD — Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center, notified staff this week of impending layoffs and changes to some departments, according to a letter from Fulco to staffers obtained by the Republican.

“The decision to make these changes has been difficult and the subject of a thorough discernment process. We deeply regret that the reduction of positions is necessary,” Fulco wrote. “We are grateful to all of our colleagues who provide a healing touch as a reflection of their commitment to Mercy’s mission and values.”

Fulco didn’t specify the number of jobs being eliminated, but the hospital did note that the Mercy Hearing Center, with locations in Springfield and Agawam, will close, and patients will be transitioned to other providers in the community. A statement from the hospital added that the layoffs will not include any reduction in direct caregivers at the bedside. Fulco also told staff the hospital will attempt to reassign some affected employees elsewhere.

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