Decreased outpatient surgery causes layoffs at hospital |

Decreased outpatient surgery causes layoffs at hospital

A decline in outpatient surgery has caused a small layoff in the registered nursing staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Brett Bentley and RN union representative Eric Conradson confirmed this afternoon that the surgery nursing staff will lose the equivalent of 2 1/2

jobs July 1. Bentley said the layoffs at the Grass Valley hospital will occur to four people, one full-time and three part-time RNs.

“We’ve already placed one in another department and we’re working to put (the others) in other departments in our facility or in another Catholic Healthcare West Hospital nearby,” Bentley said. She could not say who the affected nurses are among the 330 RNs working there.

Conradson said the layoffs were agreed to by the RNs during recent labor negotiations. “Doctors who perform outpatient procedures took their business elsewhere,” he said.

“It’s a direct result of surgery volume being down because of physician-owned outpatient services,” Bentley said. “They’re doing more of them in their offices, which nationally is a trend.”

Bentley said the hospital is currently recruiting physicians to rebuild the lost outpatient surgery business. Hospital administration officials were unavailable for comment.

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