Hi-Desert Medical Center addresses market conditions
Reduction in Work Force Enacted

Hi-Desert Medical Center's Board of Directors, responding to a "perfect storm" of the economy, more people without heatlh insurance, and reductions in payments to hospitals by state and federal payer sources, reviewed senior management's recommendation of a reduction in work force during their February meeting.  As a result, today, some management and non-management positions were reduced from the district's workforce.  The delivery of direct patient care is not affected by this reduction.

"It is with deep regret that we enact this reduction in force," said Lionel "Chad" Chadwick, PhD, FACHE, and chief executive officer of Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District.  "The Board of Directors and senior leadership have been working for months to respond to the heavy burden placed on the heatlhcare District by these market forces.  It eventually became clear a reduction in workforce was unavoidable."

Board President Dianne Swella, DC, said, "This is one of the most difficult decisions we've had to make.  Neither the board nor senior management has made this decision lightly.  But the Board takes its role of ensuring the effective and cost efficient delivery of quality healthcare very seriously.  We are all committed to providing quality healthcare for the residents of the Morongo Basin.  Adjusting course now will ensure the District's strong, solid future."

Position eliminations also occurred through attrition and management consolidations.  Those affected are eligible to receive job retraining by the San Bernardino County Department of Workforce Development and will be eligible for rehire.