ST. LOUIS – A job fair Friday is aimed at helping the hundreds of workers who lost their jobs when the South City Hospital abruptly closed one week ago. However, those laid off workers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Friday’s event. The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, or ‘SLATE,’ is hosting the job fair.
SLATE is the city of St. Louis’ government agency that offers jobseekers and businesses a variety of no-cost services related to employment, job training, and career advancement.
“Our team jumped in to respond by hosting a job fair to connect those dislocated workers to employment opportunities,” said Fredrecka McGlown, SLATE Executive Director.
Following the sudden closure of the hospital, which was known as St. Alexius Hospital, hundreds of healthcare workers are out of a job. Many of those attended Friday’s job fair in downtown St. Louis.
Affinia Healthcare, one employer at the event, is looking to fill more than 20 clinical and non-clinical positions.
“We heard about South City Hospital, and we are very concerned about those who have lost their jobs,” said Lawanda Richardson, Human Resources Recruiter Specialist. “And we are here to provide them with opportunities.”
From patient advocate or health center support clerk to nurses and LPNs, Affinia Healthcare said there are opportunities out there.
“There are many opportunities, and we’d love for them to join Affinia,” she said.
More than 500 healthcare workers were impacted by the closure of South City Hospital. Many of those are looking for a position that is hiring right away.
South City Hospital, which was formerly known as St. Alexius Hospital, was on South Broadway in the Dutchtown neighborhood. It had a 154-year history on the south side. Mayor Tishaura Jones called the facility a healthcare safety net that supported many uninsured St. Louisans. It also supported many workers who are now looking for new job opportunities.
There were 18 employers at the job fair ready to help those workers continue in the healthcare field.
“We’ve got two locations, one at the Central West End, one out at south St. Louis. So we would love to have some of the staff members join us,” Larry Rodgers, CEO of Kindred Hospitals.
Rodgers said there are between 40 and 45 positions at both locations.
“Don’t lose hope. There is opportunity just about everywhere you can go. Healthcare providers are cherished; they have a sacred trust in our community,” said Rodgers.
BJC, Mercy Medical Centers, SSM, the V.A. Hospital, were among other employers present on Friday.
Those who were unable to attend can still get help through SLATE. Their office is at 1520 Market Street on the 3rd Floor, Room 3050. You can call SLATE if you have questions. Their number is 314-589-8000.