Salinas is about 100 miles or so south of San Francisco and due to escalating costs and the need to save money layoffs have been announced. Interesting enough the local Healthcare Union stated the hospital should begin reducing the salaries paid to hospital executives. Remember back when a hospital back in Boston under the suggestion of the CEO came up with an idea to forgo bonuses and some pay cuts in order to keep more employees on board? I wonder if that methodology has been tried in other hospitals where layoffs occur? This took place back in April of 2009 and was successful in keeping many of the rank and file employed.
In other news the LA Times recently ran an article about how healthcare employment is not growing in California as it is in other states. Employer provided insurance too is more expensive in California and has raised faster than the national average. Even RNs are having problems finding jobs that are new and right out of school and RNs have always been in demand for as long as I can remember.
Now I’m a bit confused here as to where does the money come from and why is this big LifeCare Campus being built where March Air Force base was with all the layoffs?
Gov Schwarzenegger participate in in Demolition Ceremony To Make Way for Construction of March Memorial Hospital – Former March Air Force Base Health Community
I know it is creating jobs with builders to put it up and eventually offer jobs to healthcare workers and physicians, but if hospitals are laying off employees now, and money is tight, what are we doing? Maybe somebody has a good answer for me and I’m open to listen, but in the face of what we are seeing today, other than creating construction and building jobs, I’m not sure. BD
SALINAS, Calif.—As many as 120 hospital workers will soon be out of work after Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital announced it will be reducing its staff.
Hospital officials said Friday that in a move to cut operating costs, up to 120 employees will be getting layoff notices.
About 40 nurses are expected to be let go, with the rest of the layoffs hitting unit assistants, clerical workers, housekeepers and nutrition workers.
Hospital spokeswoman Adrienne Laurent told the Monterey Herald that the "quality of care won't suffer" because the hospital exceeds patient-nurse ratios set by state law.
But John Borsos, vice president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, criticized the layoffs, saying the hospital should consider reducing expenses by slashing the salaries it pays to executives and reducing the number of managers at the hospital.