Laser Spine Institute operations turned off, more than 1,000 employees lose jobs

TAMPA, Fla. – Employees at the Laser Spine Institute learned late Friday that the operation was terminated immediately.

According to a statement issued to ABC Action News, lack of funding is guilty.

According to the company's website, it employed more than 1,000 people in locations in Tampa, Cincinnati, Scottsdale and St. Louis.

The Tampa location has been open since March 2005.

ABC Action News spoke to a patient who entered Tampa for surgery at LSI and was told they could no longer provide services.

The company said it is about to reach out to patients with scheduled procedures to alert them to the closures. It is also to contact other surgical suppliers to determine whether these providers can absorb the extra surgical demand, according to the statement.

A localization in Oklahoma City closed towards the end of 201[ads1]8.

The Laser Spine Institute proclaimed its minimally invasive backbone procedures in an outpatient setting.

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