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NEW CASTLE St. Francis Hospital workers receive details of closing, other job options



Published: Tue, August 27, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Jameson officials are giving job applications to St. Francis workers this week.

By LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- St. Francis Hospital employees are learning about new job opportunities this week after receiving official notices that their employer is going out of business.

All employees received letters informing them that St. Francis Hospital on Mercer Street will be closing because of the sale to Jameson Health System.

The $21 million sale is part of the closing of the entire St. Francis Health System. The health system's Pittsburgh hospital will be turned into a children's hospital, and the Cranberry facility is being taken over by UPMC.

Letters sent to employees last week by Raymond J. Khoury, president and chief executive officer of St. Francis, are part of Pennsylvania's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires companies that are closing to notify the state and give employees 60 days' notice.

The notice doesn't necessarily mean everyone will be out of a job, said Linda Cody, Jameson Health System spokeswoman.

Restructuring

Jameson officials have said they are restructuring and will keep the St. Francis Hospital building open. They are not sure how many employees will remain.

Cody said Jameson's human resources department is handing out job applications and talking to St. Francis employees about new jobs this week.

Cody did not know when Jameson would start hiring St. Francis workers.

The letter sent to St. Francis employees lists their last day of work for the ailing health system as Oct. 18.




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