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A nonprofit group has retained an attorney to consider legal action to keep Saddleback Memorial’s San Clemente campus open. Photo: Jim Shilander
Saddleback Memorial’s San Clemente campus. Photo: Jim Shilander

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.

Officials of MemorialCare, the hospital owner, 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 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.

An Orange County Emergency Medical Services hearing on the impact evaluation of the closure of the San Clemente hospital is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 29 in Santa Ana.

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