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Dr. Gus Gialamas (right) speaks to a crowd during a protest of the closure of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente alongside Mayor Bob Baker on March 9 in front of the hospital. Photo: Eric Heinz
Dr. Gus Gialamas (right) speaks to a crowd during a protest of the closure of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente alongside Mayor Bob Baker on March 9 in front of the hospital. Photo: Eric Heinz

By Eric Heinz

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente will cut 194 total jobs, according to a required filing to the Employment Development Department.

MemorialCare officials said 115 of the jobs were full time and the rest were part time or per diem.

“We are grateful to the dedicated employees at the San Clemente campus,” said hospital administrator Tony Struthers in a statement to the San Clemente Times on Wednesday. “We are working with our employees to identify job opportunities within the healthcare system at our hospitals and numerous health care facilities, holding job fairs and providing one-on-one assistance.”

Struthers said the hospital has been hosting job fairs to assist the employees displaced by the closure.

“Our recently held first job fair featured representatives from our sister hospitals and outpatient centers, and our recruiter is expediting interview opportunities with our sister programs, facilities and services,” he said.

The hospital is expected to close May 31.

“We have expanded our human resource hours, our question-and-answer sessions and recruitment assistance,” Struthers said. “Additionally, in April we are offering a number of classes, including those on resumes, interviewing and networking, employee development department informational sessions and benefit sessions.”

An OCEMS hearing on the impact evaluation of the closure of the San Clemente hospital is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 29 at Commission Hearing Room, County of Orange Hall of Administration, 333 West Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana.

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