June 12, 2012 | last updated June 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Merger of New Haven hospitals will mean jobs lost

Employees at the Hospital of Saint Raphael have been told that about 200 employees could lose their jobs at the end of July in a planned merger with Yale-New Haven Hospital, The Associated Press reports.

Cindy van Beren, Saint Raphael's vice president of corporate affairs, tells the New Haven Register the number is an estimate, and could be reduced because vacancies are being left unfilled at Yale-New Haven in anticipation of the merger.

Van Beren also says the hospitals believe the merger will likely create more jobs in the long run.

She says the job losses include only a few direct care givers and no doctors or nurses.

Christopher O'Connor, Saint Raphael's chief executive, said last week that without a merger the hospital could face bankruptcy and insolvency.

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