*(Los Angeles, CA) – In a move unprecedented in First 5 LA’s six-year Welcome Baby program history, Great Beginnings for Black Babies (GBBB) was abruptly and unceremoniously terminated in July by Centinela Hospital Medical Center from a near $1 million a year contract.
Within two days Great Beginnings management had to inform nine staff people that they no longer had jobs. In addition, with its part of the contract at $778,000, it also meant the organization’s budget had been slashed by half.
Great Beginnings had just completed year one of what was supposed to be a five-year contract that would have resulted in nearly $4 million to the agency.
“We were completely blindsided when we received the call to come to an emergency meeting with Centinela CEO Linda Bradley,” Welcome Baby program director Janna Woods explained. “We knew that we not only had met, but in most instances had exceeded all of the Welcome program goals and objectives. And, in most cases, we’d done that without Centinela staff input or support,” she said.
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