Union workers fight for their rights in midst of St. Joseph layoffs

Below is a statement regards today’s announcement from Roberta Luskin-Hawk, MD, Chief Executive:
 
Health care continues to undergo a transformation toward more integration and coordinated care.  This transformation necessitates that hospitals and health care providers make changes to provide a more efficient and value-based care delivery system.
 
As a result, today we announced our decision to realign areas of our workforce and reduce positions where necessary. The positions being realigned or eliminated make up approximately 2.5% of our workforce and include a mix of senior leadership, support staff and patient care positions (including represented and non-represented staff).  We are doing this now so we may respond proactively and affirmatively to the challenges all hospitals face today and will continue to face in the coming years.  This will help ensure we remain a strong, viable health care organization for generations to come.   
 
Our realignment will allow us to maintain our clinical and operational focus while positioning our organization for an expansion of outpatient and specialty services that meet the needs of Humboldt County more fully.  Throughout this process, sustaining our mission will remain at the heart of all we do. 
 
Our continued commitment to the health and well-being of our community remain driving factors in our proactive approach to building a more innovative and collaborative model of health care delivery.