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Dignity Health employees respond to layoff announcement

UPDATE: Action News Now spoke with employees of Mercy Medical Center in Redding who are not on board with these layoffs that were announced on Wednesday.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 4:30 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2019 5:27 PM

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. Thursday, October 17th - Action News Now spoke with employees of Mercy Medical Center in Redding who are not on board with these layoffs that were announced on Wednesday.

Dignity Health confirmed to Action News Now that the layoffs will affect 1% cut to their workforce. However, employees of Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta, and Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Red Bluff are worried about the decrease in staffing.

Lab Technician Assistant, Marge Cornelius, told Action News Now they were all shocked this was happening.

“I've been here for 21 years my family and friends go to this hospital," said Cornelius. "This community depends on this hospital and we need those employees so we can serve our patients."

In a statement, Dignity Health said in part, "Our top priority is providing the best care for our patients, and any staffing adjustments will not impact patient care.

However, both employees Action News Now spoke with said that any decrease in staffing levels in their departments will affect their ability to work.

"Well to me looking on the outside side as a patient, It means that I might not get that level of care that I have gotten in the past," said Cornelius.

Dignity Health Employees about 55,000 people in California, Nevada, and Arizona. It’s unclear exactly how many will be affected by these layoffs.

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A representative from Mercy Medical Center told Action News Now that these layoffs will only affect about 1% of the three north state hospitals.

That includes Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta, and Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Red Bluff.

Below is a statement sent from Allison Hendrickson, Manager of Media Relations at Dignity Health

“Our top priority is providing the best care for our patients, and any staffing adjustments will not impact patient care. As we strive to meet the changing demands for care in the communities we serve, we continuously assess our resources and how best to utilize them effectively and efficiently. When staffing adjustments are necessary, we work closely with affected employees to identify other opportunities in our system for which they may be qualified. We recognize that reducing even a single position affects many inside and outside of our organization, and this is not a decision we take lightly.”

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