''We are looking at services that have been a tremendous benefit to the community that we can no longer do,'' said Mark Bernhardson, chairman of the board at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. ''It's not a pretty picture.''
Hospital executives would like lawmakers and Pawlenty to quickly restore funding when the Legislature reconvenes in February, but Bernhardson
doubts the state will have the money.
So that leaves cuts.
Rep. Paul Thissen, a Democrat who heads the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee
, said he
heard all about them during a recent tour of the state to talk to the leaders of 10 hospitals.
''What they are saying is that they are eliminating core services, and it's really going to be chemical dependency and mental health,'' he
said, noting those programs typically lose money because of low reimbursement rates.