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Local medical center laying off nearly 100 workers week after emergency room shut down

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. — Nearly 100 workers have been laid off just a week after the emergency room and inpatient services at the Ellwood City Medical Center shut down.

On Thursday, 92 people were called and told to clean out their desks because they were being laid off.

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This comes months after employees at the hospital told Channel 11 they had not received paychecks on multiple occasions. The city's mayor, Anthony Court, told us then the problems were deeper than expected, with some paycheck problems going back months.

But community leaders are now trying to step in.

State Rep. Aaron Bernstein is getting involved in finding new jobs for these people. He said his office is available immediately to assist with unemployment claims for them.

Bernstein said he has already coordinated with city leaders to establish a payment plan for the employees who use Ellwood Electric. He is also going to be setting up a job fair, inviting other healthcare facilities.