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Saint Alphonsus says it will lay off some staff, furlough and make other cuts

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A few weeks ago, BoiseDev reported that Saint Alphonsus will “adjust its infrastructure and other direct expenses” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, we received confirmation that it will “reduce the overall cost structure and right-size the organization”, according to statement to BoiseDev.

Because of the increase in COVID patients across Idaho, the healthcare system says most of the positions cut don’t come from patient care.

Today’s statement from a St. Al’s media relations representative says in-part:

“We have developed a plan that includes non-labor expense reductions, elimination of vacant positions which have been deemed unnecessary at this time, the extension of some furloughs, and limited position eliminations. These colleague transitions are primarily in non-clinical and leadership positions. While each position elimination is significant to those affected, we are committed to treating each colleague with dignity and respect.”

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The statement also notes that a ‘Colleague Transition Program’ is in place to “support our colleagues during this time of transition”.

A spokesperson told BoiseDev that a “very few” clinical positions are impacted, and that folks in patient care who lose their jobs can apply for other open clinical jobs.

In April, SAHS put employees on furlough and cut pay for some.

In a virtual meeting with other hospital leaders on Tuesday, said Saint Alphonsus CEO Odette Bolano, addressed the increase in COVID patients and how the hospital is making adjustments.

“Based on what we’re seeing, we’re all reconsidering reducing several of our services once again,” she said. “The impact of using all of our resources to focus once again on covid is a concern that we have as a community at large.”

According to the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, the hospital group employs between 5,000 and 6,000 Idahoans.

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