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Ascension backs off plan to cut services at Milwaukee hospital

April 20, 2018 / Matt Kuhrt

Public pressure has Ascension Wisconsin rethinking its decision to cut nonessential services at St. Joseph Hospital in northern Milwaukee. St. Louis-based Catholic health giant Ascension has been pursuing a new strategic direction in the face of financial losses and increased competition from nontraditional sites of care across its footprint. Its aim to shift resources toward ambulatory settings and away from inpatient care led to Ascension Wisconsin’s recent announcement that it would limit services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in northern Milwaukee.