HARBOR CITY : Kaiser to Cut 40 Jobs, Reduce Worker Hours

Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Harbor City is trimming its staff through layoffs and other cuts, which officials blame in part on sweeping changes in the health-care industry.

In all, 95 positions will be cut or restructured this month at the 2,000-staff medical center. A total of 40 jobs are being eliminated through layoffs or transfers and hours will be reduced in other positions, said spokeswoman Katherine Gebhardt. Most cuts are being made in jobs that do not involve patient care, Gebhardt said.

Many hospitals nationwide are reducing staff in response to shorter patient stays, a shift to outpatient treatment and other industry changes. In addition, Kaiser's membership has declined because of job losses in the South Bay area, Gebhardt said.

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