POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- Sixty-nine employees of Pleasant Valley Hospital in Mason County were laid off from their jobs this week, hospital officials said.The layoffs include the hospital's main campus in Point Pleasant and offices in Jackson County and Meigs County, Ohio."We recognize how valuable our staff is to the success of our hospital, and we did not take this action lightly," hospital marketing director Tracy Stewart-Call said in a statement from the hospital. She said all laid-off employees were given severance packages based on length of service.Hospital CEO Tom Schauer told the Point Pleasant Register newspaper the layoffs were in part because of changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act. Schauer told the newspaper that hospital staff did not intend to cut back on equipment or services.
"We will continue to equip and maintain state-of-the-art technology," he said.According to hospital officials, 32 of the 69 laid-off employees agreed to the layoffs voluntarily."We are proud of the achievements Pleasant Valley Hospital has been able to realize in providing exceptional health care to the members of our local community and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff and management," Call said. "We look forward to being an ongoing presence in the community and continuing to offer needed services for many years to come."Pleasant Valley Hospital is one of Mason County's largest employers. Schauer told the Point Pleasant Register the hospital has an annual budget of about $79 million. Reach Rusty Marks at email@example.com or 304-348-1215.