Credentialing & Privileging | 08.05.20
Houston, Miami, Other Cities Face Mounting Health Care Worker Shortages as Infections Climb
Washington Post (07/25/20) Sellers Francis Stead; Hauslohner, Abigail
Cities facing sustained COVID-19 outbreaks — including Houston, Miami, and Baton Rouge — are experiencing staffing shortages among frontline nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare workers, according to federal planning documents. Many medical facilities predict their staffing problems will become worse. At Harris Health in Houston, more than 160 staff members were quarantined as of July 24, either because they tested positive or are awaiting results. Some employees require flexible schedules to accommodate child care, while others cannot work in COVID-19 units due to their own medical conditions, says Pamela Russell, associate administrator of nursing operations, who assists in providing supplemental workers for the Harris Health system's two public hospitals and 46 outpatient clinics.
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