Layoffs loom for CommonSpirit

CommonSpirit Health said it is "taking steps to improve efficiency and effectiveness" amid financial challenges, which may include changes that affect jobs. 

"Like many health care providers, we are experiencing tremendous financial strain caused by a number of factors," the Chicago-based health system told Becker's, via an emailed statement. "As a result, we are taking steps to improve efficiency and effectiveness that may include changes that impact roles in our divisions and at the national office, as well as reduce our costs where appropriate." 

CommonSpirit added that the changes will not affect patient care and will "ensure we are better positioned to serve our communities in the future." 

The system did not provide further details about the number of jobs or specific positions that may be affected.

The remarks come after Tacoma, Wash.-based Virginia Mason Franciscan Health confirmed it laid off nearly 400 employees, most of whom were in non-patient-facing roles. The layoffs affected less than 2 percent of the health system's 19,000-plus workforce.

Virginia Mason is part of CommonSpirit, which was created in 2019 by Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives and San Francisco-based Dignity Health.

CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites in 21 states, according to its website. The health system reported $451 million in operating losses for the six-month period ending Dec. 31, compared with $47 million for the same period in the prior year.

Becker's will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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