Published: Nov 08, 2011 5:12 PM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - Dartmouth-Hitchcock has become the latest and largest health care provider in New Hampshire to announce layoffs in response to state budget cuts.
    
The Valley News reports that Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO Dr. James Weinstein told workers last week that up to 100 jobs would be eliminated in the next two months within the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system, which includes numerous hospitals, clinics and group practice.
    
The layoffs are part of a series of cost-cutting measures the health system has taken in recent months to close a $100 million deficit. It offered an early retirement program to 735 workers in August, but got less than 300 takers.
    
Several other hospitals also have announced layoffs since the state budget took effect July 1, and at least one has cut services to needy patients.

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