Penrose-St. Francis laying off dozens of employees


Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is laying off 42 employees, effective in two weeks.

Hospital spokesperson Chris Valentine said the layoffs affect staff members at all levels, but no doctors.

The decision came Monday. These are reportedly the first layoffs in about a decade.  

Valentine sent a statement that said:

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is introducing a new staffing model that will result in a less than two percent workforce reduction. This new model is designed to increase efficiency of operations and position ourselves for the vibrant growth occurring in our community. It is important to note that this change will not affect the services offered at either Penrose Hospital or St. Francis Medical Center or the compassionate whole person care our community expects. 

Valentine also confirmed one of the employees being laid off is Chief Administrative Officer Mark Hartman.  

This comes after St. Mary Corwin in Pueblo announced the layoffs of 272 people in March.  

Both of these hospitals are under the Centura Health parent company.  

Valentine said these incidents are not related, and the 42 people let go from Penrose-St. Francis affected less than 2 percent of their 3,000-person workforce.  

St. Mary-Corwin in Pueblo said by the end of May, at least two-thirds of those impacted associates will have found new positions either at St. Mary-Corwin, within the Centura Health network, or at another organization. They are helping with job fairs, resume writing courses, and scholarship opportunities.  

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