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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Elected officials in Laurel, along with state and county officials, held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the upcoming changes at Laurel regional hospital.

Next month, 38 workers, mostly labor and delivery nurses, will be laid off when the maternal and child health unit closes.

The change comes as the Laurel hospital transitions from a full-service hospital to an ambulatory care center.

Many workers at the hospital are however worried about their financial security.

"Instead of feeling appreciated, they feel fear. They are worried for their futures and many are scrambling to find new jobs, wondering how they will continue to pay the bills and take care of their families," Jennifer Epps, Vice President of SEIU #1199 said.

The hospital plans to close its maternity ward October 10. Dimensions Healthcare System, which controls the hospital, says it's working to help those being let go find new jobs.    

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