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      SouthCoast Hospital Group announces layoffs

      Layoff notices have gone out to more than 100 employees at SouthCoast Health System and SouthCoast Hospital Group, NBC 10 reports.

      Officials told NBC 10 that they expect between 50 to 60 to be actual layoffs and the rest considered transfers.

      Officials said staff reductions will occur in several departments in both union and non-union positions.

      Officials cited the implementation of federal health care reform as the main reason for the layoffs.

      The notices affect St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.