Blaming “the weak economy, high unemployment and the shift in the way insurance companies pay for care,” Hoag Hospital today announced it is cutting about 3.5 percent of its 5,000-person workforce, or about 175 jobs.
In a statement, the hospital stressed that it is not laying off any physicians, and that patient care is the organization’s “No. 1 priority.”
Hospital spokesperson Nina Robinson was unable to say how many of the job cuts would be accomplished through attrition and how many involved actual layoffs. Affected employees were notified today, she said.
The cuts are spread over the hospital’s two campuses, in Newport Beach and Irvine, and its network of clinics and other facilities, Robinson said.