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McLaren Bay Region prepares employees for cutbacks

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(12/18/13) - There could more layoffs coming to Mid-Michigan.

This time one of Bay County's biggest employers is preparing its workers for job cuts and reduced hours.

McLaren Bay Region is looking at staff changes that will affect about 5 percent of its workforce.

This new comes just 24 hours after TRW workers in Saginaw found out they'll be out of a job in a few months.

Right now, McLaren Bay Region employs about 1,900 people. That means about 80 people will either see a layoff notice or a reduction in their work schedule.

"People are coming into the hospital less," says Magen Samyn, vice president of marketing and public relations at McLaren Bay Region.

Because of that, McLaren Bay Region is making its employees aware that there will be job cuts and reduced hours for some workers very soon. Samyn says the health care provider is still working out the details on which 80 employees will be affected

"We will be looking at potential reduction in hours and or positions at McLaren Bay Region for both clinical and non-clinical staff," she said.

She says McLaren is experiencing the same thing most other health care providers are going through, fewer patients needing fewer services. She says the changes are necessary to ensure McLaren's long-term sustainability.

"It's been a national trend that both inpatient and outpatient patients have decreased, it's been a downward trend for quite some time," Samyn says.

The cutbacks will not impact McLaren Bay Region's plan to build a facility at the Uptown Bay City Development project on the Saginaw River.  

The staff changes will most likely go into effect the first week of January.

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