BLUE HILL (AP) – Blue Hill Memorial Hospital is cutting 15 positions, or 5 percent of its staff, as part of its initiative to cut costs. Hospital officials say the combination of an uncertain economy and cash flow issues has forced them to eliminate positions and cut back on employee travel, office supplies, printing, consulting services and other activities.

Dr. Erik Steele, the hospital’s interim CEO, says the savings are expected to improve the hospital’s cash flow by $250,000 a month.

Steele says the cutbacks will not affect the quality of care at the hospital.

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