WILSON, Pa. - Easton Hospital is officially a St. Luke's facility.
St. Luke's University Health Network bought the hospital from Steward Health Care, which struggled to keep it open and asked the state for an $8 million bailout to make it through the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital changed hands at midnight Wednesday, July 1.
Employees held a vigil overnight and lit over 600 tea lights to represent the job losses they say came with the transition.
St. Luke's said last month it had made offers to 200 Steward Health Care employees, including primary care physicians and staff.
It's also encouraging all Easton Hospital employees to apply for positions within the network.
St. Luke's said staffing will consist of a mix of Easton Hospital and St. Luke's employees, and that future staffing levels will be based on patient volume, which has declined sharply since COVID-19.