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SSM Health Care slashing jobs in Wisconsin, 3 other states

ST. LOUIS (WTAQ) - A hospital system in Wisconsin and three other states is cutting jobs. 

SSM Health Care, which is based in St. Louis, is announcing the cuts this week to its employees. 

Out of respect for the workers, the company says it will wait a day or two before giving out further details. 

SSM owns St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, St. Mary's in Janesville, and hospitals in Dodgeville, Stoughton, Columbus, and Baraboo. 

Spokeswoman Kristen Johnson would not say why the layoffs are necessary. 

Other large Midwest medical chains have blamed lower government reimbursements for Medicare patients, after the automatic sequester spending cuts from March. 

They were the main reason that Wisconsin's Ministry Health Care cut up to 250 full-time equivalent employees earlier this year. 

SSM has a total of 18 hospitals, two nursing homes, and 150 outpatient clinics in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma.