UPDATE: Substance Abuse Rehab Unit at St. Joseph's to Close in June, 40 Jobs Affected

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: 6/5 at 5:56 p.m.

Ministry Health Care has announced 40 people will be let go during the system's first round of layoffs. The job losses are result of the health care system's plan to end its Alcohol and Drug Rehab program at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Geoffrey Huys, director of public relations says that number may not be final as they will work to find other positions within the company for those employees.

In a statement Huys writes, “We are addressing the issues of declining reimbursement and patient volumes in certain areas through a workforce reduction at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital as responsible stewards of the organization. We are meeting our staffing goals in a variety of ways including: review of open positions, reduction of hours based on patient volumes, and consideration of services we may no longer offer.”

The end of the program will affect physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, counselors, therapists, unit coordinators and support staff.

Huys goes on to say Ministry is aware the decision will also affect people seeking care, and Ministry will work with other area providers and programs to address ongoing community need.

The program is expected to end later this month.

ORIGINAL STORY: 5/21 at 3:38 p.m.

Ministry Health Care which operates 15 hospitals in Wisconsin, and one in Minnesota, is announcing system-wide layoffs. They anticipate 225-250 employees will be affected.

According to a news release from their public relations department, high-deductible health insurance plans have led to decreased demand for physician and outpatient services and the sequestration has resulted in a $10 million annual reduction in payments to Ministry for Medicare services.

“Coming to this conclusion has not been easy,” Nick Desien, President and CEO of Ministry Health Care said. “We recognize that a decision to reduce the size of our workforce will impact the lives of many of our friends and colleagues. However, it is necessary to continue our mission of providing the highest quality of care to our patients, especially the poor and vulnerable, without a disruption in services.

Ministry employs more than 12,000 associates including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

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