Kern Medical Center short another $18 million, hospital, other county departments to cut

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Layoffs may soon be on the way to Kern Medical Center, after county supervisors said the hospital's financial troubles are worse than expected.

During a meeting Monday at KMC, the Kern County Board of Supervisors and KMC leadership said they have discovered an $18 million budget shortfall on top of the $64 million gap already reported.

County administrator John Nilon has asked each department in the county to reduce spending and cut between 7 percent and 10 percent of their budgets.

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