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

Closure of Ellwood Hospital ER having a major impact on nearby assisted living facilities

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

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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.