Illinois hospital lays off 21 employees

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill., laid off 21 employees, or less than 2 percent of its total workforce, according to a Belleville News-Democrat report.

The hospital attributed the layoffs, which occurred June 22, to an effort to "better align its workforce to address continued changes in the healthcare industry," the report states.

St. Elizabeth's added the changes are crucial to the hospital's ability "to invest in ... people, skills, equipment and new technology."

The layoffs did not affect inpatient nurses, and eight people affected by the layoffs were offered similar roles, the hospital said, according to the report.

News of the layoffs comes as St. Elizabeth's prepares to open a $253 million replacement hospital in O'Fallon, Ill. The hospital is expected to open in November.


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