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MODESTO — Memorial Medical Center is eliminating nearly 100 positions as part of staff and operations restructuring, the hospital said Wednesday.
The 96 layoffs will occur at the end of April and affect mostly support staff, according to a statement from Memorial. The hospital also said it would offer some employees jobs in new positions. Others would learn more about severance packages and employee benefits.
Staff was told of the changes Monday.
Memorial said the job cuts do not “directly impact the ability to grow and provide safe, quality care to patients” and that the hospital was still recruiting RNs and other health care workers.
“Memorial Medical Center isn’t any different than any other hospital in terms of how we handle the changing healthcare landscape,” said Memorial CEO Daryn Kumar in a released statement. “Every hospital seeks to have a structure in place that provides the best care for patients while remaining financially responsible.”
Administrators said staff cuts are among “the last options considered, and last used when making operational changes and adjustments.”
Before cutting jobs, Memorial reduced operating expenses, restructured operations to create opportunities for more business, and improved contracts with health plans, the hospital said.
Memorial Medical Center, a Sutter Health hospital located in northeast Modesto, is a 423-bed facility. It had 77,774 patient days and 94,646 outpatient visits in 2014.