Florida’s hospital systems are trying to get creative with the growing challenge of attracting and retaining healthcare workers.
The growing difficulty of staffing health care workers: Like many industries, healthcare is finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain employees in the wake of the pandemic. The stress of working during a pandemic has contributed to some healthcare workers quitting their jobs or deciding to retire. At the same time, an aging population in the United States requires more, not less, access to health care.
Frank F. Brabec, MBA, Founder and CEO of Brabec Healthcare Management, Inc., explains:
“Baby boomers need help now, and they’re living longer. So they will stay in that space and need health care for a long time. We don’t follow. It is necessary to meet the growing demand. »
Health facilities across the country are experiencing staff shortages: According to NPR, despite increased demand for nurses and other healthcare workers, colleges and programs intended to train healthcare workers are not meeting the demand. A recent survey by the Physician Group Management Association found that 88% of healthcare leaders admitted to having difficulty recruiting physician assistants.
The health system in Naples offers to help repay student loans and pay tuition: In an effort to address these staffing challenges, the Naples, Florida Physician Regional Health System recently announced a new incentive program. The company has launched a new student loan repayment program that consolidates loans and lowers interest rates. The company will also pay a portion of loan premiums for most clinical employees, up to $20,000 per employee.
Additionally, the company reimburses employees for all licensing and certification requirements and will pay up to $5,000 in tax-free tuition reimbursement per year to be used for college training toward any hospital role. .
Scott Lowe, CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, explained:
“We are excited to have a new way to recognize our employees for all they do and we want to support them. With these benefits, we hope Physicians Regional Pathways will ease the burden of student debt and allow employees to focus on achieving their goals and career success.
Florida Supplemental Health Systems Offering Education Reimbursement Incentives: Physicians Regional isn’t the only health care system in Florida to offer these types of programs. ShorePoint Health in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda offers similar loan and tuition repayment programs. North Florida Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee Medical Center, Orlando Health and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg are providing tuition reimbursement for employees.