Victor Valley Global Medical Center lays off 18 workers

Victorville, Calif.-based Victor Valley Global Medical Center laid off 18 employees, Daily Press reports.

VVGMC officials told the publication the layoffs were "routine" and stemmed from decreased federal funding for California's Medicaid program. The state expanded Medicaid under the ACA in 2014, and for the first three years, the federal government agreed to fully fund Medicaid expansion. The federal government started phasing out its contribution in 2017, aiming to decrease its contribution to 90 percent by 2020.

Affected employees come from almost 10 departments at the hospital, including administrative, medical records, imagining, lab, medical, surgical, respiratory, pediatrics, outpatient and quality, according to the report.

The majority of the layoffs are non-registered nurse positions, hospital spokesperson Lovella Sullivan told Daily Press.

VVGMC did not immediately respond to Becker's Hospital Review's request for comment. 

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