Dignity Health issues layoffs at 3 California hospitals

San Francisco-based Dignity Health will lay off roughly 1 percent of the staff at three California hospitals, according to TV station KRCR, which cited an email sent to Dignity employees.

The layoffs will occur at Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.

Dignity will try to find other opportunities in the system for those affected by the layoffs, a spokesperson told KRCR.

"Our top priority is providing the best care for our patients, and any staffing adjustments will not impact patient care," the spokesperson wrote in a statement to KRCR. "As we strive to meet the changing demands for care in the communities we serve, we continuously assess our resources and how best to utilize them effectively and efficiently. When staffing adjustments are necessary, we work closely with affected employees to identify other opportunities in our system for which they may be qualified. We recognize that reducing even a single position affects many inside and outside of our organization, and this is not a decision we take lightly."

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