Hoag hospital laid off nearly 175 staff members yesterday. The news came just weeks after Mission Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital announced they were trimming 144 members of their workforce.
“Today is a difficult day for Hoag,” said Nina Robinson, a spokesperson for the hospital. “Hoag has realigned the organization and its resources to invest in our number one priority: the continuity of care for our patients.”
As an employer of nearly 5,000 people in Orange County, the changes will impact 3.5 percent of the company’s workforce. The company said they have been preparing for these changes for almost four years.
“What we could not predict was how the combination of the weak economy, high unemployment and the shift in the way insurance companies pay for care would force us to take action sooner than anticipated and accelerate our transition plans,” said Robinson.
Hoag says the medical staff of almost 1,400 physicians won’t change, as most of the cuts will primarily affect non-clinical staff. Workers who were impacted by the cuts were notified yesterday.
“Today’s hard choices will correctly size our organization to the needs of our community, and allow Hoag to emerge from this challenging economic environment stronger and more effective,” Robinson said in a statement released yesterday. “Hoag remains committed to our mission to provide the highest quality healthcare services for our community.”
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