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Oklahoma news briefs for June 17

Oklahoma news briefs for June 17, 2014
Oklahoman Published: June 17, 2014
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In Brief

Statewide

Mercy cuts

8 OK jobs

Mercy announced Monday it has eliminated 220 positions across its seven-state region, including eight in Oklahoma. The reduction represents less than 1 percent of Mercy’s 40,000-member workforce. No nurses or doctors who provide patient care were laid off. The employees will receive outplacement services and a severance package, including compensation and benefits based on position and length of service. Mercy is the sixth-largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and the 20th-largest nonprofit health care system, company officials said. Mercy officials said last week the health care system would lay off workers because of reductions in insurance payments and a lack of Medicaid expansion. “While not uncommon in today’s health care environment, these kinds of changes are nonetheless difficult,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “As we realign to operate more efficiently, growth and expansion will continue across Mercy as community needs warrant.”

Jaclyn Cosgrove,

staff writer

Oklahoma City

Movie nights start July 2

SONIC Summer Movie Nights will return to Myriad Botanical Gardens at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from July 2 through Aug. 13. Viewers should bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic (no glass, please) or enjoy offerings from local food trucks and vendors including pizza, hot dogs and ice cream. The first two movies are “Field of Dreams” on July 2 and “Frozen” on July 9. For a complete schedule visit www.myriadgardens.org.

FROM STAFF REPORTS