Layoffs hit Mercy General Hospital

01/27/2014 5:49 PM

01/27/2014 5:50 PM

Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento reported an unknown number of layoffs Monday.

“We can confirm that several employees recently received their notification that their positions are being eliminated at Mercy General Hospital,” said hospital spokesman William Hodges in a prepared statement.

While the hospital didn’t provide numbers, the layoffs included 14 union members, said Sean Wherley, spokesman for SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. He said the union will “fight to keep these workers employed by moving them into similar jobs that are open at the hospital.”

Hodges said: “As we strive to meet the changing demand for care, we will continue to assess and align our resources while maintaining the quality care our patients deserve. When staffing adjustments are necessary, we work closely with affected employees and, if applicable, their union representatives, to identify other opportunities in the Dignity Health system for which they are qualified.”

Mercy General, at 4001 J St., is one of 40 Dignity Health hospitals and care centers in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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