FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont says it plans to cut 17 jobs involving nursing staff and the facility’s Progressive Care Unit.

Mayo’s announcement Wednesday followed a Sentinel request for information, as there are rumblings in the community about impending job losses at the city’s largest employer.

Mayo issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon, with the document attributed to Dr. Marie Morris, medical director at Mayo-Fairmont and Laura Evenson, regional chief nursing director for the Mayo system.

“After carefully assessing the need to align staffing levels with our average daily hospital census, it was determined there is a need to reduce nursing staff in the hospital and Progressive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont by 17 positions,” they said. “Staffing

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