Health-care opportunities are big draw

Castle Rock hospital job fair attracts overflow crowd

Dianne Gerken, Centura Health Director of Women's Services, left, interviews Katrina Little for an assistant nurses manager position at Castle Rock Adventist April 5 at the Douglas County Events Center. The new hospital's job fair had more than 500 applicants came through the doors in the first four hours of the eight-hour event. Photo by Ryan Boldrey
From left, Randy Blaser of Littleton, Danielle Tate of Castle Rock and Josie Blaser of Littleton wait in line April 5 at the Douglas County Events Center to interview for jobs at the Castle Rock Adventist Job Fair. More than 500 applicants came through th
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With an early-morning traffic jam, lines around the corner that took two and a half hours to navigate and “quite a few rock stars singled out in on-site interviews,” one could say the Centura Health job fair was a smashing success.

With the 212,000-square-foot Castle Rock Adventist Hospital prepared to open in late summer, eager applicants from all over the metro area and some who flew in from out of state packed the Douglas County Events Center April 5, hoping to secure one of the 200 available positions — most of which are in the field of nursing.

“We knew there was interest, but to have lines out the door starting at 7 a.m. is just amazing,” said Kelly Wooten, Centura HR director.

According to Wooten, who said the hospital continues to add positions daily, more than 500 applicants got inside the doors in the first four hours of the eight-hour fair, and lines were still wrapped around the corner outside at that time.

Once inside, applicants had their medical licenses verified and went through a pre-screening process with a recruiter. If successful, they secured an on-site interview.

“We’ve had just a ton of interest in creating the nursing culture here from the beginning,” said Mike Selvage, Centura Chief Nursing Officer. “There’s been no previous way here, so you have the opportunity to set the way. It’s exciting.”

Selvage said plenty of likely hires were identified in the opening hours of the fair and that following a second screening, offers would be made within a matter of a few business days.

For those who did not find the right fit at the Castle Rock location, specifically new graduates, Wooten said the fair was being used to help find careers for qualified individuals at some of Centura’s sister hospitals, both in and out of Colorado.