No significant change in staffing at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Published: Mar. 5, 2018 at 4:57 PM CST
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While Ascension brings four different Wisconsin health care systems under one roof, it says it's continuing to review staffing models

Reports surfaced last week about layoffs at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

Ascension says it doesn't comment on personnel matters.

Monday, Action 2 News learned there would not be a significant change in the number of people employed at St. Elizabeth.

Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals says Ascension needs to be more transparent while it reviews staffing.

"You know, they're not really telling people," Candice Owley, president of Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, said. "So everybody has to try to guess what's going on, and that's really not fair to any of us or to our community at all."

Action 2 News asked the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board about the health care industry as a whole in the Fox Valley.

"If there is a dislocation or a layoff at this hospital, our area needs almost 500 new people, 500 news jobs every single year working in health care," Anthony Snyder, Fox Valley Workforce Development Board CEO, said. "We should be able to grab those folks and get them into these jobs."

Labor statistics show education and health care services are strong industries in the Appleton area.

Bottom line, Snyder says, it remains a job seeker's market right now.

"There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of open jobs right now," Synder said. "On Job Center of Wisconsin, which is the state's job seeker website, there's about 80,000 posted jobs. They're simply going unfilled."