As many as 50 positions will be eliminated at Mercy Medical Centers in Redding and Mount Shasta, as well as at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff.

All three hospitals are owned by Dignity Heath, which is making cutbacks due to "significant financial losses." At least that's what was written on a pink slip from one of the Dignity Health employees who will lose a job on Jan. 31.

There won't be 50 layoffs because some vacant positions will not be filled.

There are 2,586 employees at Dignity Health and it is anticipated that less than two percent of those employees will be affected. All of the layoffs will be made by Jan. 31 of next year.

Dignity Health released a statement about the cuts they are about to make. In the statement the organizations says that it, "like all health care providers nationwide, has been impacted by the long economic recession and the subsequent increase in uninsured patients coupled with cuts to government insurance programs."

The statement goes on to say:

"Driven by our mission and values, we are working to be more effective and efficient as we deliver high quality care to those we serve. In doing so, we must also maintain our financial stability."