More staff cuts at Providence and St. John hospitals

04/24/2013 5:12 PM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

A “realignment of operations” has led to the elimination of 45 more positions at Providence Medical Center and St. John Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the hospitals said many of the jobs were in management or administrative positions that provided services that now are covered by Prime Healthcare Services.

Prime, a hospital company based in Ontario, Calif., acquired the two Kansas City area hospitals on April 1.

The company earlier this month said 24 employees in “duplicative roles” had been let go. This week it confirmed the additional 45 cuts — out of a workforce of 1,230.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Conwell said there is “little to no impact on bedside nursing, as this transitional workforce adjustment was intended to better align staffing with current patient volumes.”

Some of the eliminated positions were vacant, Conwell said.

She said it is against hospital policy to say whether severance pay was offered.

Prime Healthcare’s purchase agreement to acquire the two debt-laden hospitals from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System said Prime would offer employment to “substantially all” of the hospitals’ employees, but exact details were not included.

The 400-bed Providence and 80-bed St. John hospitals joined a chain of 23 acute-care hospitals. Participants at a public hearing in March said the hospitals were acquired for a cash price of $54.3 million.

The sale price fell far short of the $121 million in debt on the properties that the Sisters of Charity system said it will continue to absorb.

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