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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - ValleyCare Health Systems of Ohio announced it will lay off 77 employees at Northside Hospital.

The announcement came late Thursday in a statement from the healthcare provider.

National legislative policy was cited as a major contributing factor to the decision.

"The complexities of healthcare reform, the impact of federal budget sequestration and the expense of implementing burdensome legislative mandates are just a few of the factors driving a dramatic period of change in the industry. Northside is not immune to these changes," the statement reads.

The layoffs will affect both union and non-union full-time employees.

CEO Kirk Ray said in the statement the move is necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the system.

 "Our employees's are valued colleagues and we deeply regret that the reductions are necessary. Quality care for our patients remains our highest priority. These changes are being made to ensure the long-term strength of this hospital and our ability to serve this community," Ray said.

According to the statement, affected employees will receive "appropriate support," although it does not specify what type of support will be offered.

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