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Ministry Health Care to Cut Hundreds of JobsSubmitted: 05/22/2013
Story By Associated Press

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MILWAUKEE - Ministry Health Care plans to lay off several hundred employees, citing a drop in the number of patients and cuts in federal reimbursement levels.

Ministry operates 15 hospitals and 47 clinics across Wisconsin.

The facilities include Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield and Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point.

Ministry spokesman Geoffrey Huys says about 225 to 250 employees will be cut, mainly through attrition and job eliminations.

He says it's too early to say which specific positions and sites will be affected. He also declined to offer a timetable.

Huys says the move was prompted in part because of high-deductible insurance plans that have made people less likely to seek health services.

He also says federal sequestration led to a $10 million cut in Medicare reimbursements.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)



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