After more than fifty years serving our community, Desert Springs Hospital has announced that they are discontinuing all in-patient services and laying off close to one thousand employees.
According to an article written by Brett Forrest on News3LV.com, officials made the announcement on Tuesday, January 10th, which detailed their plans to end in-patient services in March 2023. They will then transition into a Freestanding Emergency Department, and they intend to operate the facility like that for the next two years. These plans must be approved by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
Desert Springs Hospital, at the corner of East Flamingo Road and Burnham Avenue, has served Las Vegas since 1971. They are currently part of the Valley Health System, whose spokesperson said that the 970 health workers that will be laid off “will be given information sessions and job fairs to find new roles across their hospital system.” Forrest’s article goes on to state that there is currently a shortage of health care workers in Southern Nevada, so experts in the field believe these workers should not have any problems finding work in their chosen vocations.
Forrest’s post on News3LV.com reports that just days after the Desert Springs Hospital announcement, University Medical Center announced it will be holding job fairs to assist the laid off Valley Health System workers find new positions in the UMC Health Care System. The two-day job fair will be held Thursday, January 19, and Friday, January 20 at UMC’s Delta Point Building at 901 Rancho Lane. UMC currently has over 400 job openings that need to be filled. Per Forrest’s article, interviews will be held at the UMC job fairs and it is possible for laid off health care workers to receive on-the-spot job offers.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.