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Mississippi's only academic hospital cuts jobs to fix budget

By Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi Medical Center is cutting jobs to deal with a budget shortfall.

Medical center leaders said Thursday they are reducing faculty compensation, cutting 195 jobs and eliminating 85 vacant positions.

The $32.7 million deficit comes in part from changes to Medicaid funding.

With more than 10,000 employees and a $1.7 billion budget, the medical center includes hospitals, plus medical, dental and health-related schools.

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, who heads the medical center, says Thursday that the cuts will have little impact on patient care. UMMC still plans a children's hospital expansion at a price tag of $180 million. But Woodward says that the medical center will likely still need to make more cuts to deal with the budget.

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