Palomar Health reorganization prompts 42 layoffs

Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Health laid off 42 of its approximately 4,000 employees, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The system did not provide detailed information on affected positions or facilities, except to say the layoffs do not affect direct patient care.

"To better position the organization for the future, Palomar Health took a critical step by realigning the operational structure," Palomar Health Interim CEO Diane Hansen said in a statement to Becker's. "These changes allow for more efficient staffing and an opportunity to strengthen accountability while enhancing the system's financial foundation.

"Although these changes are necessary, it is difficult to lose 42 valued members of the Palomar Health team."

Palomar Health Board Chairperson Joy Gorzeman echoed Ms. Hansen. She said the layoffs will allow the organization to "remain a viable healthcare system that continues to support the needs of our community." She said it is also part of adjusting to the current healthcare environment and "stay[ing] aligned with healthcare trends to remain competitive in today's market."

 Ms. Hansen indicated details about the layoffs are forthcoming. 


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