SANFORD (AP) – Goodall Hospital in Sanford is cutting pay and benefits for all employees, a move aimed at avoiding further layoffs.

The pay cuts, which range from 4 percent to 20 percent, take effect Sunday. The hospital also is eliminating its 1 percent contribution to employee pensions and cutting one week of vacation time.

Goodall President Darlene Stromstad told the Journal Tribune that the cuts come in response to increases in free care and bad debt and a lag in MaineCare reimbursements. She estimates that charity care has doubled to 10 percent of revenues and that 21 percent of Goodall’s patients use Medicaid.

The 58-bed hospital employs about 925 full and part-time workers, making it Sanford’s largest employer. It laid off the equivalent of 30 full-time employees in January.

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