Palomar Health announced that it is laying off 317 employees, citing a significant decline of patient visit and loss of revenue as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a CBC8 report.
The hospital said it has seen a 45% to 50% decrease in overall patient visits since the coronavirus outbreak began, absorbing a $5.7 million operating loss in March.
Among the affected are positions that represented five percent (5%) of Palomar’s workforce and the majority are part-time workers.
These included 50 clinical registered nurses, while 267 positions are spread across the organization, ranging from clerical staff to technicians.
“These are extremely tough decisions that are taken very seriously because we know they affect the livelihood of our employees,” said Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen.
“However, the sooner we make these tough decisions, the sooner we will be able to stabilize our business and get back on the road to recovery. It is our responsibility to ensure Palomar Health provides high-quality medical care to our community during and after this pandemic,” she added.
The report said it will keep all its Emergency Unit and Intensive Care Unit staff.
Palomar Health operates multiple medical centers and clinics in north San Diego County in San Marcos, Poway, Escondido, Ramona and Rancho Bernardo.