Hospital cuts personnel to make up deficit |

Hospital cuts personnel to make up deficit

Nine people will either lose their jobs or see their hours cut at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, the second layoff at the Grass Valley facility since mid-December.

Hospital CEO Tom Collier Thursday night said the equivalent of six full-time positions were cut across the facility amongst nine people who are in management or not members of a union. Collier declined to say who the workers are.

In December, the hospital cut two emergency room jobs and scaled back hours for other employees as part of a move to make up a $1.5 million deficit in its $92 million budget. Collier said the new round of layoffs will be effective Jan. 14 and is a continuation of those cost cuts.

“We’ve put together a bridge plan from where we are to where we need to be,” Collier said. “We’ve not affected the caregivers,” that work at the hospital.

“Patient volumes haven’t grown like we projected,” Collier said. Higher costs and decreasing payouts from private and government health insurance also created the deficit, Collier said.

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