Los Angeles County plans to lay off 1,375 to 2,475 healthcare workers by June 30 in an attempt to stabilize the county's financially beleaguered Department of Health Services. The cuts could affect as many of 10% of the department's 23,345 workers, including doctors, lab technicians, clerical workers and custodians. The county also hopes to close 207-bed Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, which specializes in treatment of stroke and traumatic injury; however, a federal judge last week issued a tentative ruling indicating that she may block the closure until it's proven patients can find comparable treatment elsewhere. The county voted in January to close Rancho Los Amigos by June, as well as convert 82-bed High Desert Hospital, Lancaster, to an outpatient center and cut the number of beds at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to 695 from 745, in an effort to save up to $86 million annually. -- by Laura B. Benko
L.A. County to cut up to 2,475 healthcare jobs
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