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Hospital cuts 18 jobs

King County Hospital District No. 4 is cutting 18 jobs, eliminating its surgery department and marketing office.

Hospital Administrator Rodger McCollum told the Valley Record last week that the cuts were made to help the hospital district transition to its planned new facility during a time of financial uncertainty.

The uncertainty stems from both upheaval in the national credit market and potential local impacts from King County, which may require the hospital to set aside four acres of land for each acre of its new hospital campus near Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Parkway.

Those "developments have dramatically impacted our short and long term plans relative to the new facility," McCollum stated in a letter that went out to all hospital employees on Thursday, Feb. 14.

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