Long Beach hospitals lay off 130 employees amid financial challenges

Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial and its two sister hospitals in Long Beach laid off 130 employees, or less than 3 percent of staffing, according to a hospital statement.

The hospitals attributed the layoffs to financial challenges brought on by today's healthcare environment.

"Like many hospitals in California and nationwide, we are experiencing much higher costs, decreasing reimbursement and increasing numbers of government-sponsored patients. Although the decision to rebalance a workforce is never an easy one, managing our resources prudently will allow us to be well positioned to serve our community into the future," John Bishop, CEO of Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital and Community Hospital Long Beach, said in a statement.

Mr. Bishop said affected employees, who primarily work in nonclinical roles, are being offered career transition services and the opportunity to apply for open positions within the organization.


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