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Banner Health reorganization could mean layoffs

Staff reports

Banner Health is undergoing a major restructuring, which looks as is if it is eliminating jobs, but officials are not acknowledging any specific losses in northern Colorado.

The Phoenix Business Journal on Tuesday reported a second round of layoffs in Phoenix, capped by the layoff of longtime public relations leader Bill Byron.

Paul Matthews, public relations director for Banner's northern Colorado region, would not acknowledge actual layoffs in northern Colorado and issued the following statement:

"Banner is continuing work to be more consumer-centric. This will require us to streamline operations, increase efficiencies and redirect budget dollars. In some cases, these changes will require position eliminations, some of which are being addressed through attrition. Because those displaced from one position may choose to come back into the organization in a different capacity, it is not possible to estimate the number of people actually impacted at this early date."

The company, based in Phoenix, started its restructuring efforts in February, eliminating some upper management positions and some public relations positions, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

When it was first introduced, Byron told the Journal the goal was to create a new leadership structure across the organization while also boosting customer service.

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Many changes, according to media reports, seem to include upper management consolidation.

In some ways that's already taken place in Colorado; *the company restructured in 2013, putting one person in charge North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland; the Fort Collins hospital was added in 2015. Previously, the two hospitals had individual CEOs.

Banner northern Colorado CEO Margo Karsten is out of town until Monday and could not be reached for comment.

*This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: Banner's northern Colorado hospitals in Greeley and Loveland came under one CEO in 2013; the Fort Collins hospital was added to the mix when it opened in 2015. A story in Wednesday's edition was incorrect in the time frame of the transition form individual CEOs per hospital.

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