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UPDATE: SSM cuts nearly 600 jobs in 4 states

UPDATED Friday, October 11, 2013 --- 8:42 a.m.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis-based Catholic-sponsored health care system is cutting 586 jobs in four states, including 206 in the St. Louis region.

SSM Health Care announced the cuts on Thursday. A spokesman says nearly half of the eliminated positions are through attrition, and most are administrative.

SSM employs more than 30,000 workers in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. More than 12,000 of those jobs are in the St. Louis area.

A statement from SSM says health care organizations are facing "unprecedented changes and challenges," including a shift to more outpatient settings, reduced reimbursement from federal payers, increased bad debt and charity care, and the financial impacts from sequestration.

The SSM system includes 18 hospitals, two nursing homes, more than 150 outpatient sites and other units.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, October 9, 2013 --- 9:13 a.m.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis-based nonprofit hospital system is cutting jobs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SSM Health Care is making the announcement this week to employees. Spokeswoman Kristen Johnson says that out of respect for affected workers, details won't be made public until later this week.

Some health care organizations, including BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, have cut staffs in part due to reduced government reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid services. Johnson declined to say why SSM's layoffs were necessary.

SSM has 18 hospitals, two nursing homes and more than 150 outpatient sites and operates in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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