St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo will be laying off nearly 300 employees, hospital officials confirmed Thursday.
“This is a very painful process for the people involved, not just those that are affected directly by leaving, but those that remain here as well,” CEO Mike Cafasso said.
Cafasso said the 136-year-old hospital will also be seeing closures within its medical, surgical, and telemetry units, and a reduction in the intensive care unit.
“Our services will be narrowed, but we will still offer the great service we have offered our community,” Cafasso said.
Patient beds will also be reduced from 114 to just 42.
Cafasso said the decision was due to business conditions and reimbursement rates, a trend that is being seen across the country.
“I don’t think you can go too far across the country and find communities that aren’t directly affected by hospital closures, hospital layoffs, or bankruptcies,” Cafasso said. “That’s just happening due to the state of the industry.”
Top execs looked at five different models of action, none of which involved closing the city’s oldest hospital. Cafasso said human resources is working with affected employees to provide resources and financial assistance wherever possible. Severance packages were offered as well.
“Our efforts to move things forward and to sustain and grow have not been successful,” Cafasso said. “It’s time to focus on fewer services and try to grow and regain financial footing and go from there.”
Pueblo’s Parkview Hospital issued this statement about the layoffs.
This is devastating news for our community and it is incredibly disappointing to see Centura Health take such drastic action without some public discussion or effort to completely comprehend the incredible harm this will bring to our community.
Along with the loss of jobs for several hundred professionals, there will also be strong concerns related to care access for many in our community.
While Corwin has been our closest competitor in the Pueblo and Southern Colorado market, nobody is celebrating this decision. It abandons Puebloans in need of critical care and puts additional pressure not only on Parkview Medical Center but other regional health care facilities, many of which are at capacity today.
Much like the recent closure of OB Services and Coumadin clinics, Parkview’s leadership and Board, while waiting for final details, has begun to explore options to address these new issues facing our community.
Parkview Medical Center is proud to be an independent, locally governed hospital and its Board of Directors will continue efforts to care for our great community in light of this.
The affected employees’ last day is May 7.