I just confirmed what I learned earlier today... that 19 positions were eliminated at Bristol Hospital on Tuesday. A few of the people who filled those jobs were offered alternative work at the hospital, but it isn't clear now how many will make the move.
In the end, at least 14 people, maybe more, who had jobs at the hospital will no longer be working there.
Hospital President Kurt Barwis told me that it was extremely difficult to let members of the staff go, but that the restructuring and consolidation was important for the ultimate survival and growth of the hospital.
Still, it's a sad tale to tell. I'm working on the story now, and it should appear in Thursday's edition of The Bristol Press and online at www.bristolpress.com.