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Jobs eliminated, created as St. Luke's restructures

St. Luke's isn't using the word layoffs, saying those whose jobs have been eliminated or redefined will have the opportunity to reapply for newly created positions. (CBS 2 file)

Three hundred new positions are being created at St. Luke's Health System facilities as other jobs are eliminated.

All of this says, St. Luke's senior vice president and chief operating officer Chris Roth, because it is streamlining a health care delivery system that has become top heavy with administrators.

"We're going to have fewer levels of leadership between the patient at the bedside, the patient and the nurse at the bedside, and the CEO. We are making a more efficient leadership structure with fewer meetings, better clarity on roles and responsibilies."

Roth says an incoming patient will still receive the same or better care and it may cost less.

"We know health care costs are too high we," Roth said. "We do expect through these efforts we will reduce our internal costs which in turn helps us become a more efficient organization and deliver on our promise to make sure we improve health outcomes and reduce total cost of care."

On site administrator positions have already been eliminated at seven facilities throughout the st. luke's system -- replaced by nurses who also have administrative experience.

The exception is the much larger Boise facility, where a chief nursing operator has been added.

"We aim to ultimately deliver exceptional patient outcomes and who better to than someone who is experienced is both experienced in business as well as nursing care," Roth said.

Three of those seven administrators have been promoted to the newly created positions of population health vice presidents.

St. Luke's isn't using the word layoffs, saying those whose jobs have been eliminated or redefined will have the opportunity to reapply for newly created poisitions.

St. Luke's says the changes will impact less than one percent of its total work force of some.

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