Marshfield Clinic Health System will lay off 346 employees as increasing labor  and supply costs and decreasing reimbursements continue to eat into its bottom line.

The layoffs equate to less than 3 percent of Marshfield's employee base, according to a March 1 news release. The system has also eliminated more than 500 unfilled positions to soften the blow to its workforce. 

According to a notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the layoffs will include 16 in Eau Claire, 5 in Chippewa Falls, 13 in Rice Lake, 10 in Neillsville, 9 in Park Falls, 3 in Cadott, 47 in Beaver Dam, 1 in Colby, 60 in Marshfield, 1 in Rhinelander, 11 in Minocqua, 14 in Weston, 4 in Merrill, 14 in Wausau, 1 in Stevens Point, 1 in Stratford, 1 in Wisconsin Rapids, 1 in Woodruff, 2 in Hayward and 8 in Ladysmith.

The notice from Marshfield Clinic Health System stated that all affected employees will be notified between March 1-15 with permanent layoffs taking effect May 19.

“We are not immune to the immense pressure and unprecedented challenges gripping the healthcare industry in recent years, which has required us to identify ways to be more efficient and more resourceful,” CEO Susan Turney said in the release. “Reducing staff is always painful. This is ultimately about preserving the long-term efficiency and sustainability of our organization.”

Dr. Turney said Marshfield will support affected employees with resources and services to aid in their transition, including assistance searching for other roles within the system. 

Marshfield is an 11-hospital system with more than 12,000 employees in Wisconsin.