The Associated Press November 9, 2010, 4:36PM ET

Cleveland Clinic laying off about 200 employees

The Cleveland Clinic says it will lay off about 200 employees in administrative and clinical jobs this week, a fraction of its global work force of 43,000.

Spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said Tuesday the layoffs won't affect hiring for several hundred current openings. Laid-off employees will get a chance to apply for other jobs.

Sheil says the layoffs result from a challenging economy and restructuring meant to assure the highest quality of patient care.

She says the research hospital also has eliminated about 600 vacant jobs in the past year through consolidations and efficiencies.

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