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Holes Left in Local Healthcare, Response Continues

Holes Left in Local Healthcare, Response Continues

Eau Claire County’s health department says the Chippewa Valley will lose about a third of its healthcare capacity when Sacred Heart and St. Joe’s close in April.

Public health managers yesterday shared the numbers of what the HSHS closings will mean. Sacred Heart and St. Joe’s handle anywhere from just under, to just over a third of hospitalizations, inpatient surgeries, and ER visits. Mayo Health in Eau Claire handles the majority of all care in the area, with the Marshfield Clinics coming-in a close third. Losing Sacred Heart will mean losing more than 100 hospital beds, and will leave many people on Wisconsin’s BadgerCare looking for a new hospital. HSHS and Prevea ¬†announced they are closing due to economic pressures and industry trends.

They are set to close their doors in mid-April.

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