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Rice Hospital announces staff layoffs and two program closures

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WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital announced today it will be lay 13 people off and will discontinue two outpatient health programs. A hospital news release called the layoffs and program cuts regrettable.

Rice said the cuts are needed to further reduce expenses because revenue and inpatients are declining. Earlier this year, the hospital decreased department budgets and overtime hours, and did not filled vacant positions.

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