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Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust

A nurse tends to a patient in intensive care in Saint Alphonsus Medical Center's Ontario Hospital. (Malheur Enterprise/LILIANA FRANKEL)

Oregon’s urban hospitals have lost hundreds of employees and some have consolidated services over the state’s vaccine mandate but they’re continuing to admit patients, perform necessary surgeries and conduct lab tests, they reported on Monday.

Rural hospitals, which play a bigger role in their communities, have dealt with the mandate by largely accepting claims from employees that they should be exempt for religious or medical . . .