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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Novant Health is laying off nearly 300 workers.

The Winston-Salem company said Tuesday it will eliminate 289 management and staff positions. It is eliminating 150 positions in the Winston-Salem area, most at Forsyth Medical Center.

The company plans to eliminate about 100 positions in the Charlotte area, which includes four Presbyterian hospitals in Charlotte, Matthews and Huntersville.

The company says only about a fifth of the layoffs will affect employees who deliver patient care.

Novant has 25,000 jobs in a system that owns 13 hospitals in three states, including Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia. No word on if any of the layoffs will be at that hospital.

Spokesman Jim Tobalski says the company will try to find jobs for affected employees among the jobs for which Novant is recruiting.

The company blames the reductions on the recession and changes in health care.

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