Ascension Wisconsin to close hospital

Ascension Wisconsin, part of St. Louis-based Ascension, will close 30-bed Wheaton Franciscan-Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital and Wisconsin Heart Hospital in Wauwatosa on July 8.

No new patients will be scheduled after July 1, and any patients who need to be admitted in the last two days of operation will be transferred to nearby hospitals. The majority of the 192 employees affected by the closure are being offered positions at other Wheaton hospitals and within Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group.

Ascension said all services provided at the hospital will be moved to Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus in Brookfield, Wis.

"We are confident that our plans are the right step to take for the individuals and communities we serve, and the continuing mission of Ascension Wisconsin," said Tracy Rogers, COO of Ascension Wisconsin.

Glendale, Wis.-based Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's operations in southeast Wisconsin became part of Ascension Wisconsin in March.

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