Penrose-St. Francis Health Services lays off 42 employees

Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Penrose-St. Francis Health Services laid off 42 employees — including one of its chief administrative officers — on May 14, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Penrose-St. Francis, owned by Centennial, Colo.-based Centura Health, consists of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, which are both in Colorado Springs.

The layoffs affected employees "at all levels of the organization" from both hospitals and included Mark Hartman, the chief administrative officer of St. Francis Medical Center. No physicians were let go. 

The dismissals mark the first layoffs at the hospital system in at least a decade, according to the report.

Penrose-St. Francis leaders attributed the layoffs to a new staffing model that affects less than 2 percent of the system's employees.

"This new model is designed to increase efficiency of operations and position ourselves for the vibrant growth occurring in our community," hospital leaders told the Gazette.   "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."

Lonnie Cramer, who is Penrose Hospital's chief administrative officer, will oversee St. Francis Medical Center.

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