The coming winter could prove calamitous for the healthcare industry due to a perfect storm of staffing shortages, experimental vaccine mandates, COVID-19, and flu season.
Currently, 30% of healthcare workers left their jobs in 2021 due to forced vaccinations, declining working conditions and the pandemic.
- 18% of health care workers have quit their jobs while another 12% were laid off.
- Among health care workers who have kept their jobs during the pandemic, 33% have considered leaving.
- 79% of health care professionals said the national worker shortage has affected them and their place of work.
Nursing Homes & Assisted Living
The majority of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are facing staffing shortages and say that their workforce situation has gotten worse in 2021, according to a survey from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).
When asked if their organization’s overall workforce situation has gotten better or worse, 86 percent of nursing homes and 77 percent of assisted living facilities responded with “somewhat worse” or “much worse.”
Hospitals, Especially in Democrat Controlled Areas, Are Hardest Hit With Staff Shortages
Watsonville (Calif.) Community Hospital is preparing to lay off 677 workers, according to a notice filed with the state Nov. 29.
Hospital CEO Steven Salyer said in early November that the 106-bed facility would close in late January without a buyer. The hospital entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy Dec. 5 and announced a tentative sale agreement had been reached with the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project. The nonprofit group has agreed to act as the stalking horse purchaser of the hospital, according to bankruptcy documents.
If the sale to the nonprofit group or another buyer is finalized by Jan. 28, all 677 employees will be terminated by Watsonville Community Hospital. “We are asking potential buyers to offer employment to our employees,” Mr. Salyer said in the notice to the state.
If a sale isn’t finalized, the hospital will close after the bankruptcy court authorizes those steps, and all employees would be terminated Jan. 28, according to the notice to the state.
“The hospital is saddened to have to take this step but remains hopeful that the sale will go through, and that the hospital will be able to continue serving the community,” Mr. Salyer said.
The Detroit Medical Center has ended its kidney transplant program, the hospital confirmed yesterday.
The program ended Nov. 12, leaving 146 patients on transplant waiting lists to seek alternative care.
“The DMC has decided to close the kidney transplant program,” Jason Barczy, the medical center’s group manager of operational communications.
“We are working closely with patients currently on our wait list or receiving post-transplant care in the program to support them through their transition into another program in the area. Staff members impacted by the closure are being considered for other open positions available across the health system.”
Barczy did not confirm the number of staff members affected by the closure.
Nearly all health facilities (96 percent) in Massachusetts reported shortages in registered nurses in October. Seventy-eight (78%) percent reported shortages in mental health workers.
Psychiatric units and hospitals in Massachusetts have taken at least 154 additional mental beds offline solely because of staffing needs within the last 10 months.
The COVID-19 experimental vaccine mandates and the pandemic has fumed the existing mental health crisis that has led to this increased need for mental health services, including inpatient psychiatric placement. There has been increased “boarding” in Massachusetts hospital emergency rooms and medical-surgical units caused by patients waiting for mental health beds.
To examine the effect of staffing shortages on the state’s inpatient mental health system, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems surveyed freestanding psychiatric facilities and psychiatric units in acute care hospitals in February and October, with 51 respondents in the first survey and 56 in the second.
🔹In February, facilities reported that 208 beds, or 9 percent of reported licensed beds were closed because of staffing needs.
🔹In October, this compared to 362 beds, or 14 percent of reported licensed beds.
🔹The result means at least 154 additional mental beds were reported as taken offline solely because of staffing within the last 10 months.
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