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'Crushing' coronavirus blow forces hospital worker furloughs across the country
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Even as the coronavirus pandemic puts pressure on the U.S. health care system, hospitals throughout the country are furloughing workers after suspending elective procedures.
Children's Mercy Kansas City furloughed or cut hours for 350 employees after surgeries and outpatient visits fell by more than 70 percent, hospital president and CEO Paul Kempinski said.
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"COVID-19 is having a crushing, negative impact on patient care access, our employees and our financial performance," Kempinski said. "In order to keep our community safe and to prepare to care for COVID-19 patients, last month we suspended elective procedures and limited outpatient clinic visits."