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Another week is ending which means it’s time for a new issue of the Progress Times.


Below is a sneak peak at our front-page stories which include Mission Regional Medical Center laying off at least 120 employees, the city of Palmview firing it’s city manager and Mission High School graduating its latest class of seniors.


Be sure to read these stories tomorrow online or pick up an issue of the Progress Times wherever our papers are sold


Mission Regional Medical Center lays off over 120 employees
By Joe Hinton

Less than two weeks after announcing it was being acquired by a California-based health-care foundation Mission Regional Medical Center has terminated the employment of between 120 and 140 employees. That’s according to a source closely connected to the hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity and who was outraged the workers, some of whom had been with the hospital for more than 25 years, were fired without notice on June 2.


“Those numbers are pretty reliable and I’m being conservative,” the source said Tuesday.


The hospital’s marketing and planning director, Nick Espinosa, did not confirm the number of employees laid off or when, but released a statement Tuesday acknowledging that, “We value our people and those who will be leaving, we thank them for all they have contributed.”


On May 24 MRMC and Prime Healthcare Foundation of Ontario, Calif., released a joint statement announcing the California non-profit foundation would be assuming immediate management of the hospital with the official acquisition effective July 1.


Espinosa acknowledged Tuesday that over the past two years MRMC “has experienced a significant decline in inpatient volumes, and a reduction in reimbursement common with standalone hospitals throughout the country.”


As of Wednesday the hospital had not provided details regarding the layoffs or the amount the layoffs would total in payroll reduction.


At the time of the acquisition announcement, the 297-bed facility employed more than 1,000 workers, according to the May 23 news release.


Among the workers who lost their jobs last Friday was Rebecca “Becky” Lay, 56, who has worked for MRMC for 19 of her 36 years as a licensed vocational nurse. Lay, who was working in the hospital’s Labor and Delivery Department, said she received a text message on Thursday, June 1 informing her she needed to attend a meeting the next day at 8:30 a.m. She said the meeting was attended by herself and seven other nurses who met with the hospital’s chief of nursing, Kennetha Foster, the head of human resources and another department head.


Read more in tomorrow’s issue

Palmview City Council fires city manager
By Jose De Leon III


After weeks of settlement negotiations the Palmview City Council has voted to fire City Manager Ramon Segovia.


The move Tuesday during the council’s monthly meeting came more than a month after Segovia, who had served as city manager since 2013, was placed on paid administrative leave.

Superintendent urges MHS grads to finish college
By Joe Hinton

Perhaps no one knew better the 409 members of the Mission High School graduating class of 2017 than principal Edilberto Flores, who for some students had been their top administrator since they entered Kenneth White Junior High School seven years earlier.


To those among that group Flores said during June 2 graduation ceremonies at the McAllen Convention Center, “Forever in my heart you will be a special graduating class. Thank you for the honor and the privilege.”

 Mission sergeant resigns following controversial Facebook post
By Jose De Leon III


Just three days after his suspension from the Mission Police Department, a 16-year veteran with the police force has resigned from his position following a live Facebook broadcast that was recorded and published on Youtube. And the second person in the broadcast has been identified as the officer’s nephew.


Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez announced the resignation of Sgt. Manuel Casas at a June 1 press conference at the Mission Police Department.

Mission police SWAT team member appeals suspension
By Joe Hinton


A Mission Police SWAT team member is appealing his 10-day unpaid suspension resulting from a shooting mishap during a suspect takedown in January, the city’s top cop said Tuesday.


Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said Sgt. Teodoro “Ted” Rodriguez Jr. is seeking arbitration to determine whether his punishment was too severe for what happened during the arrest of Steven J. Wilson, 49 of Mission.

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