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St. Joseph's Hospital closing treatment center

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - St. Joseph's Hospital announced Wednesday it will close its drug and alcohol treatment center as part of Ministry Health Care's workforce reduction.

The closure could take place as early as late June, depending on when treatment for existing patients is completed, spokesman Geoffrey Huys said.

Last month, Ministry Health Care said it would eliminate about 2 percent of its workforce due to declining business and a reduction in Medicare payments because of federal budget cuts forced by the so-called sequestration.

Ministry employs more than 12,000 workers in its 47 clinics and 15 hospitals in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Its central Wisconsin operations are in Weston, Marshfield, Stevens Point and Merrill.

Huys said Wednesday that about 40 people work in St. Joseph's drug and alcohol treatment center. Once the center closes, those workers will be considered for other jobs that are open at the hospital or "severance arrangements as appropriate," he said.

The positions being cut include doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, counselors, therapists, unit coordinators and support staff, Huys said.

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