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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees will meet later this week to talk about the hospital’s financial struggles, which could mean cuts.

Last month WWAY was first to report Dosher was preparing employees for potential layoffs or early retirement packages due to financial reasons.

The Board of Trustees was supposed to discuss the shortfall at its regular meeting Aug. 4, but the discussion was postponed because two trustees could not attend.

Dosher CEO Tom Siemers says the loss of physicians, increased costs, reduction in payments and reimbursements and increase in uncompensated care are to blame for the current financial situation. He says the hospital is not alone in this struggle. Last year more than 50,000 healthcare positions were cut nationally.

Trustees are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the second floor Board Room at 129 E. Moore St. in Southport.

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