An area health care provider is cutting hundreds of jobs. Ministry Health Care announced Wednesday the elimination of 500 jobs throughout its hospitals and clinics in Central Wisconsin. Officials say some will come from job consolidation, and some from not replacing people who leave or retire, so the number of people who lose jobs will be less than 500. A declining number of patients over the past several months led to the job cuts. Ministry has hospitals in Marsfield and Stevens Point, plus clincs in several smaller communities, including Waupaca.