Elks Rehab Hospital in Boise eliminates some nursing jobs

adutton@idahostatesman.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Boise's Elks Rehab Hospital has cut fewer than 20 nursing jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort, the hospital said Friday. The jobs are held by licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, who worked with patients admitted to the hospital.

The hospital is part of an Elks system based Downtown, with some operations in other parts of the Treasure Valley.

"We carefully evaluated positions to determine if any duties could be redistributed to create efficiencies," said Melissa Honsinger, who was just named CEO of the system. "This is never easy, but to succeed in transforming our health care environment, we need to adapt to find ways to do things differently."

Other nursing employees in the hospital, such as registered nurses, will take over the responsibilities that LPNs previously had, according to a hospital spokesman.

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