Closing Tulare hospital, county helps employees fill out unemployment forms, resumes


Tulare Regional Medical Center officially closed its doors over the weekend.

It left folks in the area without care and hundreds of workers without a job.

Tulare County Employment Connection said they worked quickly with the new medical board and the Tulare Chamber of Commerce to set up a workshop, Monday, to help workers deal with the closure.

Officials say it’s all to help ease the transition for employees laid off.

“What now? I’m really not sure. Going back to school maybe?” Rick Calles, former employee, said.

Several were faced with these were the questions, as more than 500 employees were laid off from Tulare Regional Medical Center.

The medical center filed for bankruptcy in September and voluntarily suspended it’s license.

“When it actually happened then that’s everyone was like wow, that’s when reality set in,” Hamilton EA, former employee, said.

“I’m heartbroken, there’s a lot of people that need care at that hospital,” Calles said.

Calles said he’s only had two jobs during his 30 years in the workforce, including the hospital. Monday, he found himself at the workshop with dozens of his coworkers.

“Helping them with refreshing their resumes, engaging with employers, job search workshops,” David Mcmunn, deputy director of workforce investment board for Tulare County, said.

Officials said the services provided in the workshop are meant to help those affect by the closure.

“It’s a tough transition but that’s why we try to provide as much information as possible,” Mcmunn said.

Some folks said with the workshops help, they were able to breathe a little easier. Most said they’re are optimistic about things working out.

“There are some programs some people can apply for, I think there were some collective sighs of relief,” Coleen Salazar, former employee, said.

Tulare County Employee Connection Center said if anyone was affected by the layoffs and were not able to make it to the workshop visit one of their centers:

YourCentralValley reached out to HCCA for a comment but did not hear back.

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