Kaiser cuts 275 Bay Area positions

March 17, 2009 6:19:46 AM PDT
Kaiser Permanente has announced its cutting more than 800 jobs nationwide. Many of those positions are in the Bay Area.

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At the IT center in Walnut Creek, 130 of the 260 employees will be let go. A total of 275 Kaiser employees throughout the Bay Area will be going, that also includes positions in Napa and Pleasanton.

Nationwide, Kaiser is outsourcing its IT to IBM which will account for 700 job cuts from Kaiser; another 160 jobs will be going away as Kaiser realigns its IT department.

According to the Contra Costa Times, IBM will try to hire back about 40 percent of the 700 people being laid off - that means 280 people may not be laid off for long, but 420 are going to have to find work elsewhere.

Kaiser said the IBM is not going to have access to patient information; IBM will only be dealing with information technology and patient information will be kept with Kaiser.

Around 38,000 people have been laid off in the East Bay from January of 2008 until 2009.

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