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Archive for July, 2014

FIRST ON 3: Dosher Memorial Hospital prepares workers for possible cuts

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Dosher Memorial Hospital might soon go through some big changes which has some employees worried about their jobs.

“It was pretty somber, I guess,” hospital worker Amy Bullard said. “That’s one way to put it. I think a lot of people are scared.”

Scared because their jobs might be in jeopardy.

Dosher Memorial Hospital employees say at staff meetings Tuesday they were told due to financial reasons some workers might be laid off.

Hospital spokesman Kirk Singer says the downturn in the economy, diminishing reimbursements and rising costs are to blame.

“Things presently being considered by the hospital include the reduction of part-time staff and contract labor, and offering early retirement to qualified employees,” Singer said in a statement. “If further action is required, the hospital is also considering some level of staff layoff.”

“They haven’t discussed it enough to really know,” Bullard said. “I guess it’s a consideration at this point, but they haven’t hammered out details yet.”

Bullard works in the lab and says her job might be on the chopping block.

“Being PRN myself, it’s a little scary, because that’s on the first round of layoffs that are expected to happen, so my job is in jeopardy,” she said.

Another employee, who did not want to go on camera, questioned if it was wise to spend millions on renovations if the hospital is in this financial situation, but Bullard says the renovations are necessary to update the facility.

Singer says no decisions have been made yet and hospital leaders are looking at all options to improve their current financial situation.

Bullard says the hospital’s Board of Trustees meets Tuesday to discuss the possible layoffs.


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Canes captain has surgery to fix muscle injury

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Carolina Hurricanes say captain Eric Staal has had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and should be ready for training camp.

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Panthers OL Wharton retires after 10 NFL seasons

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Panthers offensive lineman Travelle Wharton officially announced his retirement at a press conference at Wofford College, about 30 minutes from he grew up and started playing the game.

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Environmentalists laud EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Environmental activists are sounding off on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

At a news conference today in Wilmington, speakers praised Duke Energy for already taking steps to reduce pollution by switching to natural gas.

Board member for the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Mac Montgomery says this is a real issue, and now folks have a chance to take part in this.

“Public hearings go on and public comments for the next 90 days,” Montgomery said. :This is a plan that extends out to 2030 and is driven by state only. So what we do for north carolina and southeastern north carolina is for us.”

They say these actions are not for protecting ourselves today, this is for future generations.

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Panthers FB Tolbert fighting to stay on top

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Mike Tolbert is always ready for a good fight – even during the offseason.

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