SSM Health to cut 1 percent of job force

About 350 system-wide to lose jobs

A major health care provider in Dane County is cutting its workforce, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

SSM Health spokeswoman Kim Sveum said in a statement that it will have to let go about one percent of its workers. The system employs 35,000 workers system-wide across four states, Sveum said. That means about 350 positions will be cut.

“Like all health systems, we must continuously evaluate our operations to ensure we are providing services as efficiently and effectively as possible,” Sveum said in a statement. “As a result, we have identified some operational improvements necessary to better meet the needs of those we serve.”

Sveum said where possible, SSM Health would work to find the employees affected by the cuts comparable positions within the company.

The SSM Health network, which is based in St. Louis, includes St. Mary’s Hospitals in Madison and Janesville, Dean Medical Group and more.