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Layoffs prompt Oshkosh hospital to close unit

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OSHKOSH (WKOW) – Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh will be closing a unit that cares for recovering patients.

According to Northwestern Media, the hospital will shut down its sub-acute care unit on June 28 as part of larger job cuts announced by its parent organization.  The unit serves patients who don't need intensive procedures, such as people recovering from strokes or surgery.

The hospital is owned by Ministry Health Care.  Ministry announced plans last month to restructure its operations and cut at least 225 jobs system-wide.

Ministry spokesman Geoffrey Huys says the organization is working with other community organizations that provide short-term rehabilitation care to make sure Mercy patients receive the care they need to make a full recovery.

Ministry says the layoffs were prompted by a drop in the total number of patients and cuts in federal reimbursement levels.

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