While Boone Hospital is working towards a partnership with University of Missouri Health, its current administration announced 50 layoffs on Monday as patient volumes drop and government funding subsides.

According to BJC, the Boone Hospital administrator, most of the cuts are managerial or support roles. The hospital will also close its inpatient pediatrics nursing unit.

“Across the nation, community hospitals are experiencing significant downturns in utilization. Similarly, at Boone Hospital Center, we are seeing lower inpatient volumes and more patients who are now insured with high deductible health insurance plans and consequently avoiding hospitalization. As the government reduces spending to address the budget deficit, payments to hospitals, including Boone Hospital Center, are declining.

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