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Hospital workers, activists call for better health care practices
Redwood Times

Advocates sounded the alarm again Monday over what they call a “health care crisis” in Humboldt County, sharing their experiences with St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and presenting statistics that indicate high profit margins for the hospitals’ executives amid a series of layoffs.

In the past year, St. Joseph has seen a number of controversies, including multiple rounds of layoffs that many blame in part on the hospital’s 2016 merger with Providence Health and Services. Less talked about at the forum was Mad River Hospital’s layoffs earlier this month, but the general theme among the speakers Monday was local health care is in dire shape.

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