New Janesville hospital still hiring more people

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Friday, September 9, 2011
— Apparently, 6,000 job applications just aren’t enough.

That’s the number of applications that St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital has received as of Thursday, but it’s still looking for more, said Eric Thornton, the hospital’s director of human resources.

“We’ve hired about 100 to 125 people, which means we still have about 200 people to hire,” Thornton said. “If anyone is still interested in a job at St. Mary’s Janesville, we encourage them to apply because we’re still accepting applications.”

In fact, the hospital now has all of its open positions posted on its website, stmarysjanesville.com.

The $90 million, 50-bed hospital will be part of a medical campus at the intersection of Interstate 90/39 and Racine Street that also includes a new $60 million Dean Clinic. Both are expected to open Jan. 9.

Thornton said some positions have drawn more applicants than others, namely those in administration and support services such as materials management, environmental services and food and nutrition.

“We’ve really had a wide range of applicants, from recent high school graduates to GM retirees and everything in between,” he said. “We’re interested in everyone.”

Filling 80 nursing positions has been more challenging, he said.

“We still need to fill particular nursing positions such as ER and OB/GYN as well as case managers,” he said. “We’ve had a good applicant pool, but we’re looking for more.”

Most of the new hires are from the Janesville and Rock County area. Thornton said they represent a wide cross section of experience, employment status and hometown.

Thornton said that with 6,000 applications, his department has fallen behind and not contacted all of the applicants who will not be interviewed.

“We will contact everyone who applied, but we are asking for patience,” he said. “It’s taking longer than we’d like.

“I feel bad about that. All applicants deserve a response, and we appreciate the fact that they applied.”

In advance of the January opening, the hospital plans to start training its staff in October and November.

The hospital has scheduled a community open house for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4.

Last updated: 6:23 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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