St. Paul hospital to lose half its beds, health provider to slash 340 roles

Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital will see cuts.
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Details of some of the cuts planned by M Health Fairview have been revealed, and it spells bad news for a hospital in downtown St. Paul.

Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital will see more than half of its 114 patient beds cut in the next few months, following a decision taken by the Fairview board in response to an "affordability crisis" in healthcare.

Fairview meanwhile will cut 340 employees total across its 10 hospital facilities by early next year.

It is also closing two retail pharmacies, in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, along with a sleep clinic in Chisago City, and sleep study centers in Eagan and Maplewood.

"We are committed to having long-term acute care for the patients in our system, and any patients already in our care at Bethesda will not be discharged until medically ready,” a statement from Fairview reads.

"This change reflects the realities of the current reimbursement system and the necessity to prioritize our patients’ needs."

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The decision made by Fairview comes after concerns had been raised about the prospect of the health provider shutting down another of its St. Paul hospital, St. Joseph's, entirely.

Fairview told BMTN this week that the future of St. Joseph's wasn't due to be discussed at its Thursday board meeting, though the Pioneer Press has previously reported that the hospital's possible closure could be discussed at a future meeting.

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