San Joaquin Community Hospital

Adventist Health Bakersfield

Adventist Health Bakersfield said Wednesday it plans to eliminate more than a dozen hospital jobs as part of a restructuring move.

The 254-bed hospital formerly known as San Joaquin Community Hospital said 13 to 15 duplicate positions will be cut effective Nov. 16, though there is an expectation some affected employees will find jobs elsewhere within the organization.

Communication manager Teresa Adamo said most of the employees whose positions are being eliminated are laboratory assistants who draw patients' blood. Their duties are being absorbed by others at the hospital, she said, adding that not all Adventist's lab assistants are being laid off.

The layoffs were disclosed internally on Monday.

Hospital President Sharlet Briggs released the following written statement:

"Although always a difficult decision, there are times in health care when we must adjust our staffing levels to align with service needs — this has happened most recently with some restructuring of positions and shifting of reporting structures."

"This may affect 13 to 15 of our 2,000 employees; we are currently working on helping employees find open positions within our Adventist Health organization. It is a balance between keeping our focus on current needs, while also having an eye toward future, long-term sustainability. As Bakersfield continues to grow, we remain committed to serving this community and looking for the best ways to do that.”

Adventist Health Bakersfield is located at 2615 Chester Ave.

Adventist Health is a nonprofit health system with 20 hospitals and more than 260 clinics in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

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