Princeton HealthCare System: University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540; 609-497-4000. Barry S. Rabner, president and CEO. www.princetonhcs.org.

Amid the construction of a massive, $447 million hospital complex just off Route 1 in Plainsboro, Princeton Healthcare System has laid off 57 workers at University Medical Center on Witherspoon Street.

According to the Times of Trenton, the layoffs will not affect doctors and are part of a cost-saving move designed to improve efficiency.

Despite the state’s major nursing shortage, six nurses were among those laid off, though all six were outpatient nurses. Thirty-three full-timers were let go.

Princeton Healthcare’s new hospital on 50 acres in Plainsboro is expected to open next year. Hospital officials have stated that once open, the hospital will create several new jobs. The cuts are the second recent instance of layoffs at an area hospital. Last October Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton laid off 19 in order to streamline its budget amid the addition of a new cancer wing.

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