DENVER-Columbia-HealthOne wants to hire 688 employees. A third of the positions are in nursing, with the rest divided among clerical, rehabilitation, services, technical and professional areas, company spokeswoman Maureen Tarrant said. The system has cut 650 positions in the past year. Once the new jobs are filled, the system will employ 10,619 workers, making it one of the largest private employers in Colorado. Tarrant said the new jobs don't duplicate positions that were eliminated after Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and HealthOne formed a joint venture a year ago. She said many of those jobs were cut because of local duplication or duplication with Columbia's national offices. "These are new jobs that reflect our growth," Tarrant said. "Some positions are pure turnover. Others are new jobs." Since the merger, Columbia-HealthOne's market share of hospital patients has grown to 34%, up more than a percentage point from two years ago, Tarrant said. She added that some areas, including emergency, obstetrics and pediatrics, have grown even more. She said some of the positions were being filled by temporary employees, which Columbia wants to replace with permanent employees now that officials think the increase in business will continue. The jobs will be spread throughout the Columbia system, which includes six hospitals, a mental health hospital, outpatient clinics, home healthcare and other services.
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