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SPOKANE, Wash. - Following a vote to keep its 22 hospitals across the country open, Shriners has announced nine employees from the Spokane hospital will be laid-off and 13 will have their hours reduced.

The rising cost of medicine and a shrinking endowment forced the Shriners to look at revamping its hospital system to remain solvent.

"After months of waiting and a successful vote to keep all 22 hospitals open, we knew that budget cuts would be necessary," says Gene Raynaud, Hospital Administrator. "We are saddened to lose part of our team, but we are in a position where we have to make changes across our system in order to meet the financial needs of our organization."

Traditionally, the fraternal group has provided care free of charge and without billing insurance companies, but the new hospital CEO, Douglas Maxwell, says the nonprofit needs to change the way it does business.

Apart from the cuts in employees, Shriners Hospitals for Children also will begin accepting insurance.

The Spokane Shriners sees between 8,500 and 9,000 patients annually and performs an estimated 650 surgeries a year.

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