Dozens of workers laid off at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - Penrose-St. Francis Health Services laid off 42 employees this week, a hospital spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The hospital system's layoffs included Mark Hartman, the leader of St. Francis Medical Center, as well as other employees at "all levels of the organization," according to Chris Valentine, a Penrose-St. Francis spokesman.

The dismissals, which were issued Monday, mark the first layoffs at Penrose-St. Francis in at least a decade, Valentine said.

They come as the hospital system's parent organization and owner, Catholic Health Initiatives, struggles with deep losses that contributed to delays in the expansion of St. Francis Medical Center, on the city's northeast side.

Wendy Forbes, a spokeswoman for Centura Health, which manages the hospitals, denied that CHI's financial woes contributed to the layoffs.

In a statement, Penrose-St. Francis leaders said the layoffs were part of a "new staffing model" that would affect less than 2 percent of the hospital system's employees.

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