LAYTON -- In an effort to become more cost-efficient, Davis Hospital and Medical Center recently reduced its staff.
State Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, a member of the Davis Hospital and Medical Center board of trustees, said he heard that the number of positions reduced was around 30.
Some of those positions may have been reduced by attrition, he said.
"I think they determined that they could make some reductions in staff," Adams said. "I think the hospital is always looking for ways to be more efficient."
Those who were let go were notified Nov. 19, a source told the Standard-Examiner.
As to what positions were affected with the decision, Adams said he had not heard any of the specifics.
"I heard that it was done on a merit basis. I also heard the hospital is becoming more efficient."
Mike Jensen, chief executive officer at Davis Hospital and Medical Center, released a statement that was e-mailed to the Standard-Examiner.
The e-mail came from The Summit Group, a Salt Lake City public relations firm.
"As an ongoing function of hospital operations, Davis Hospital and Medical Center routinely reviews its staffing ratios and makes adjustments based on patient care needs, patient acuity and market conditions," Jensen said.
"As a result, the hospital recently made the decision to adjust its labor expenses.
"The reduction in labor expense was reached through attrition by not filling vacant positions, work force reductions of certain jobs and an overall reduction of staff hours," he said.
"These adjustments will have no effect on the level of quality patient care delivered at Davis Hospital or the breadth of services the hospital offers."