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Baltimore riots spawn plan for hospitals to hire local citizens

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A quaint part of the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex.

The Baltimore Sun reports that “Baltimore residents living in struggling neighborhoods hard hit by riots last April will be able to apply for 375 new jobs at area hospitals thanks to an initiative approved by state hospital rate regulators.”

Hospitals will pay “a share of the cost of the program and the rest {will} come from hospital rate increases. The plan calls for as much as $10 million in annual rate increases and $5 million a year from the hospital budgets.”

“Administrators at Johns Hopkins Hospital had called for 1,000 new jobs in an effort to counter the despair they witnessed in the unrest last spring over Freddie Gray‘s death a week after he suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.”

But “the plan drew praise from supporters who view the positions as essential to lifting up communities with few opportunities.”

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