Porter Adventist Hospital said Wednesday it has laid off a small portion of its workforce at the Denver facility, which is near Denver’s University of Denver/Harvard Park neighborhood.

Porter dismissed less than 10 employees, said spokesman Joel Malecka. The hospital has at least 1,300 workers.

“This was our being as efficient as we can be,” he said, noting that the layoffs will not impact any services at the hospital.

Malecka said the layoffs are not related to the sterilization issues found by the state health department last year. Porter is facing a lawsuit from more than 60 patients who allege that the breach in sterilization procedures resulted in severe infections and at least one death.

The layoffs also won’t affect Porter’s efforts to rebuild its organ transplant operations, Malecka said.

The hospital voluntarily suspended the program, which provides kidney, pancreas and liver transplants, in 2018 after it had trouble replacing several experienced employees.

“The transplant program is moving forward,” Malecka said.

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