Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown lays off 29 employees

A Watertown hospital is laying off 23 employees and six management positions as part of a workforce restructuring plan.

Samaritan Medical Center says the move is in response to federal healthcare reform, which is focused on outpatient and long term care.

It's all about reducing costs as part of healthcare reform mandates, but the hospital says they must maintain high quality care.

President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center says, "To adjust to this trend and position our selves to remain a strong healthcare system, we are restructuring staffing across the entire Samaritan system. This is a necessary step in order to proactively manage our budget to remain financially viable and sustain services."

Just two months ago, State Police charged four nurses at the hospital with the alleged disappearance of prescription pain killers.