It's one the top five employers for one eastern Carolina county, but due to the economy, officials are imposing mandatory pay cuts or furloughs to stay financially healthy.
The Beaufort Regional Health System announced to workers on Tuesday, all 800 of them will have to take a five-percent pay cut or reduce hours by two hours a week. This will take effect June first.
The regional health systems chief executive officer the says they've made provisions to prevent these cuts, but since they're now more than a million dollars under budget, they had no choice
CEO Bill Bedsole says, "We did think reductions of hours was more palatable than layoffs than any other intrusive actions."
Bedsole says that the reductions of employee hours should not have an any effect on patient care.