Voluntary buy-out notices have been mailed to full-time employees at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank as the organization attempts to cauterize financial wounds inflicted by the protracted recession, a spokeswoman said.
The notices were sent to several medical centers under Providence Health & Services Southern California, including Saint Joseph, last week, hospital spokeswoman Patricia Aidem said.
She declined to say how many buy-outs were needed to avoid layoffs.
“There’s no magic number,” Aidem said.
The staff reductions were needed to cope with the same economic challenges facing other industries, she said.
“The economy is hurting everyone and we’re looking at a way to cut back — obviously we don’t want to affect service,” Aidem said.