SAN FRANCISCO-Executives at California Pacific Medical Center said they plan to lay off about a dozen nurses by July as part of an ongoing restructuring at the hospital. The facility also will place an additional 18 nurses in reduced roles. Some 467 nurses are employed at California Pacific. In February, the medical center-formed in 1991 through the merger of Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center and Northern California Health Center-announced plans to eliminate 1,000 jobs during the next two years as part of a $5.6 million reorganization plan. Under the restructuring, obstetric, newborn and specialty outpatient services will be consolidated at the medical center's Northern California campus. Adult acute care, pediatric impatient and emergency medicine and other services would be offered at the Pacific Presbyterian campus.
PANORAMA COUNTY, Calif.-Panorama Community Hospital and San Fernando Community Hospital have announced plans to merge. The newly formed organization, which began operations in mid-May, will go by the name of Mission Community Hospitals. The hospital will be a two-campus facility. The merger is the hospitals' answer to improve the facilitation of healthcare services in the Panorama County region, a hospital spokesman said. Under the agreement, Panorama will offer comprehensive primary-care services, while San Fernando will offer psychiatric care. The two hospitals, which employ a total of 256 people, don't anticipate any layoffs from the move.
STANFORD, Calif.-Stanford University Medical Center has opened the first specialized primary-care AIDS clinic in the area, giving patients access to the latest vaccines and treatment technology. The clinic, which opened last week, will provide patients with individualized care by the same doctor throughout their illness, Director Andrew Zolopa said. The clinic is located next to the university's pioneering AIDS Outpatient Research Clinic. It also has an AIDS inpatient service that began in January. An estimated 2,500 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are infected with the AIDS virus, Mr. Zolopa said.-Associated Press