Adventist Health Bakersfield confirmed on Wednesday that a dozen or more jobs are expected to be cut in the coming months.
In a statement, Sharlet Briggs, president of Adventist Health Bakersfield said that 13 to 15 positions are affected by a restructuring of positions and shifting of reporting structures. Officials tell 23ABC that the majority of those impacted will be lab assistants, or phlebotomists, who draw blood.
Notices will be given out on November 16, but officials say they are hopeful that employees will be able to find jobs elsewhere within the organization.
“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,” Briggs said. “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.”