Ministry Health Care, a health care provider that is spread throughout Wisconsin, including the New North region, has announced plans to cut staffing.
The provider has 12 medical centers and clinics in the New North area, including Appleton, Algoma, Oshkosh, Chilton, Sturgeon Bay, Washington Island, Fish Creek, Iola and Waupaca.
“Coming to this conclusion has not been easy,” says Nick Desien, President and CEO of Ministry Health Care. “We recognize that a decision to reduce the size of our workforce will impact the lives of many of our friends and colleagues.”
Ministry has not yet specified where the cuts will take place.
Causes for the cuts came from high-deductible health insurance plans, which decreased the demand for medical services.
Effects of the sequester also played a role in determining the decision. Congress’s failure to enact adequate preventative legislature instilled across-the-board cuts in federal spending — health care included. Sequestration has removed $10 million in annual payments for Medicare services to the health care provider.
The Ministry Health Care network is comprised of 47 clinics, 15 hospitals and more than 12,000 associates including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Ministry Health Care is a member of the Marian Health System, a non-profit Catholic health care system.
Despite the cuts, Ministry Health Care remains optimistic.
“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,” Desien says.