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Oshkosh hospital closing unit due to layoffs

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - An Oshkosh hospital is the latest to drop one of its treatment units, after its parent firm announced up to 250 layoffs throughout its health system.

Mercy Medical Center of Oshkosh plans to close its sub-acute care unit a week from Friday.

It helps serves patients who are recovering from major problems like strokes and surgeries.

Ministry Health Care says it’s working with other local groups to provide short-term rehab services.

Company officials in Marshfield said the same thing last week, when St. Joseph’s Hospital announced that it would close its drug and alcohol rehab program which serves 1,000 patients a year.

Ministry Health Care announced its impending layoffs almost a month ago for its 15 hospitals and 47 clinics in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. They blamed declines in the numbers of patients, due to higher deductibles for health insurance.

The firm also said the federal budget sequester reduced its Medicare revenues by $10 million.