Staff impact of Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital transition unclear

LEAVENWORTH — It is unclear how much planned changes will affect the number of employees at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth.

But the Saint Luke’s Health System is working with affected employees to find other positions for them as the Leavenworth hospital transitions to what officials call a community hospital, according to

Emily Hohenberg, director of media relations of Saint Luke’s Health System.

Last month, Saint Luke’s Health System announced that Cushing would be making the transition to the health system’s community hospital model.

Under this model, services at the hospital will be scaled back, but it will continue to operate an emergency department. The hospital also will operate a cardiology clinic and cardiac rehabilitation as well as a laboratory and radiology services. The hospital also will have eight inpatient beds once the transition is completed.

The announcement regarding the change in services was made in an open letter to the community that was published as an advertisement in the Sept. 26 edition of the Leavenworth Times.

The announcement came after the hospital ceased its baby delivery services in August.

The additional changes in services at the hospital will be enacted gradually with the transition being completed in early December, according to Laurel Gifford, senior director of media relations for Saint Luke’s Health System.