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Saint Alphonsus says it is ‘adjusting’ after COVID-19, won’t comment on layoffs

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Saint Alphonsus Health System, a unit of Michigan-based Trinity Health, said it will “adjust its infrastructure and other direct expenses” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While a statement to BoiseDev didn’t directly address it, a source with knowledge of the situation said the hospital system informed some employees of layoffs Monday. We specifically asked if employee layoffs were underway, prompting the emailed statement. A spokesperson said they could not comment on any job losses. The statement itself came on Saint Alphonsus letterhead, but didn’t detail specifics about the impacts on the Idaho and Oregon system.

“The changes impact each regional market based on local situations, and therefore impact varies
across the country. These changes are proactive measures that will strengthen the health system
and ensure that the regional health ministries, which are members of Trinity Health, can continue
to serve their communities well in the future,’ The statement noted.

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In April, SAHS put employees on furlough and cut pay for some. According to the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, the hospital group employs between 5,000 and 6,000 Idahoans.

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The health system said it saw ‘significant financial hardship’ at Saint Alphonsus, but noted it operates in a growing market and that recovery from the pandemic ‘continues at a good pace.’

“Across the country, the future viability of healthcare systems and providers will require a continued focus on reducing the overall cost of health care and transforming how care is delivered,” Saint Alphonsus CEO Odette Bolano said in the statement. “We are confident that Saint Alphonsus will emerge from this challenging time as a strong organization. We remain committed to our Mission and Core Values, and we will persevere to meet the essential health needs of the communities we serve.”

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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