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More staff cuts set for hospital

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

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

The exact number of those who will lose their jobs through the cutbacks at the 850-employee hospital was not available Thursday.



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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