Dignity Health to cut jobs at 2 California hospitals

San Francisco-based Dignity Health will cut more than 30 positions at two California hospitals, according to the Ventura County Star.

The job cuts will take place at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif., and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, Calif. Both hospitals are part of Dignity, which merged with Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives in February to form Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health.

Megan Maloney, a spokesperson for the hospitals, told the Star Oct. 25 that the move is a restructuring and not a workforce reduction.

She said in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review Oct. 25: "Our top priorities are providing the best care and service for our patients. As we strive to meet the changing demands for healthcare in our communities, we continuously assess our organization to assure we are positioned to meet the needs of our patients today and in the future."

A spokesperson for Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West told the Star 23 of its members were notified that their jobs will be eliminated next month. The union represents certified nursing assistants, technicians and other employees.

At least eight nurses represented by SEIU Local 121RN received that same notification, Adriane Carrier, a nurse and union steward at St. John's Regional, told the newspaper.

Ms. Maloney said hospital officials will try to move affected workers to other hospital roles for which they are qualified.


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