Friday, September 21, 2018

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Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s hospitals cutting staff

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Staff at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2661 Highway I, Chippewa Falls, were notified Tuesday of staff layoffs.

A representative associated with the hospitals declined to comment on how many people this affects.

According to a statement, the staff reduction is in an effort to operate more efficiently given industry changes. The layoffs are also part of a process to realign leadership in both hospitals.

“The healthcare industry continues to experience a shift in the way people utilize health care services nationwide. High deductible insurance plans are causing many people to postpone care,” according to the statement. “Improvements in technology are allowing many procedures to be done in outpatient facilities rather than inpatient settings within hospitals.”

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