St. Joseph cuts 32 administrative jobs in Irvine

St. Joseph Health is laying off 32 people at its Irvine office.

Affected employees were notified this week and will receive severance packages.

The company said the employees were all in administrative support services and that patient care will not be impacted.

“We always adapt to create the best organizational model possible that allows us to serve our community’s changing needs in the most cost-effective way. As a part of this, we have made the difficult decision to reduce some filled positions,” Nisha Morris, executive director of public relations at St. Joseph Health, said in a statement.

“There has been a fundamental shift in our industry in that we are providing more care to more patients, but are receiving the same amount of revenue and often less to cover the costs,” she added. “We have worked to significantly reduce operational costs, such as vendor and supply contracts, non-critical capital projects and not filling non-critical administrative positions.”

Morris called the changes part of an “ongoing process of reconfiguring services.”

In June 2016 St. Joseph Health and Providence Health and Services received regulatory approval to merge.

An FAQ at the time said the company’s “intention is not to reduce jobs.”

Morris said the layoffs were not a result of the merger.

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