Carondelet Health Network plans to cut 225 jobs

Tucson-based Carondelet Health Network plans to lay off nearly 5 percent of its workforce by March 2012 as part of a company restructuring, officials said today.

The layoffs will amount to 225 positions, a company news release says.

The Catholic not-for-profit health network operates four hospitals in Southern Arizona, three of them in Tucson. It has about 4,900 employees plus 1,200 physician partners and is the 12th largest employer in Southern Arizona, according to a 2011 Arizona Daily Star survey.

“As you are well aware, Carondelet Health Network is working aggressively to place our healthcare system on a path to stability and growth in the face of economically challenging times,” says a letter today to employees from Carondelet Health Network president and chief executive officer Jim Beckmann.

“ ... We have developed a restructuring plan for the network that will be initiated in the first three months of 2012. This plan will include the consolidation of select services and programs as well as a reduction in our workforce.”

Among other things, some programs will be consolidated, officials say. Inpatient behavioral health, currently housed at three network locations, including St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals in Tucson, will in 2012 be offered only on the St. Joseph’s hospital campus.

Officials stressed, however, that emergency department behavioral health services and psychiatric assessments and consultations will still be available across the network.

“Similar consolidations of services are occurring in the network’s outpatient rehab programs,” the news release says.

Beckmann’s letter to employees said the network’s human resources department will help laid-off employees find new jobs, both internally and externally, including exploring job openings in Carondelet’s parent company, Ascension Health. The network will also partner with the Pima County One Stop program for job search and career counseling services, Beckmann wrote.

Carondelet originated in Tucson in 1880, oversees St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s hospitals in Tucson, the Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute, also in Tucson, and Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz. The network also operates an ambulatory surgery center, 20-plus primary and specialty care medical offices, home health care offerings and hospice and palliative care.

Network officials say the restructuring will focus on three areas — improving efficiency, consolidating select services and programs, and planning for growth and expansion.

Source: Arizona Daily Star