Scripps Health to lay off 100 employees; Kaiser Permanente nurses return to work after week-long strike;

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> After years of following a no-layoff policy, Scripps Health announced it will let about 100 employees go, KGTV San Diego reports. Article

> Kentucky's Methodist Hospital CEO Bruce Begley has announced he will retire at the beginning of next month, according to The Gleaner. Article

> Nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center will go back to work today after a weeklong strike to push for higher staffing levels and better pay, the Los Angeles Times reports. Article

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