Banner Health, Arizona’s largest private employer, is looking to fill 1,500 job openings.
The openings are at Banner facilities across Arizona and include positions in housekeeping, food services, information technology, financial services, case management, and nursing, among others.
Banner begins Tuesday in Phoenix a series of career open houses, where people may apply for the jobs.
“They are open positions that need to be filled. We didn’t just suddenly add a glut of 1,500 new jobs,” said Carol Cheney, vice president of staffing and workforce planning at Banner Health, a not-for-profit company based in Phoenix.
“We have, here and there, added about 1,000 new positions sprinkled over the course of 2018. We have had some increase with growth and new service lines, and in some cases it was different contracts that we picked up. It kind of ebbs and flows in areas.”
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The company, which has 43,000 full-time and part-time employees in Arizona, is trying to get to full staff before its busiest season, when there are more people in Arizona, and when the flu typically hits.
Banner held career open houses at this time last year.
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Cheney said Banner is in particular need of nurses. Some of the hard-to-fill nursing positions are in niche areas such as ICU and behavioral health, she said.
“We can hire new graduate nurses, but in some of those specialized areas, it’s either hard to get people interested or we can only take so many new graduates,” she said. “You have to have that right balance of experience. We have to be really careful.”
Another focus for hiring are openings in the Banner home-care program, including for physical, speech and occupational therapists, Cheney said.