The state’s health care strike team has been deployed to health facilities in Crozer in southeastern PA
This staffing assistance is separate from federal strike teams deployed to hospitals in Scranton and York and extended through March, the Health Department said.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Note: The video is from January 28.
The Department of Health said on Monday that a state-led healthcare strike team had been deployed over the weekend to Crozer healthcare facilities in the South East Commonwealth region.
The team included registered nurses and respiratory therapists provided by General Healthcare Services under a contract with the Department of Health, according to Acting Secretary Keara Klinepeter.
“Statewide, we are seeing the highest number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than two years ago,” Klinepeter said in a news release. “The Wolf administration is simultaneously working on a multi-level approach across the health care continuum to relieve the pressure and ensure that people who need care can get it.”
“As our dedicated staff continue to provide high-quality care to our patients, it is extremely important for all of us to know that additional resources are on the way to address this surge,” said Crozer Health CEO, Peter Adamo. “We appreciate the support from the Department of Health and the Wolf Administration.”
The department contracts with healthcare professionals through GHR, which focuses its staff hiring and recruitment on healthcare professionals outside of Pennsylvania to avoid increasing costs. current staffing limitations in the state.
State Strike Team members, which may include doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses and respiratory therapists, provide short-term staffing assistance for seven to 14 days. Hospitals will be responsible for managing day-to-day work assignments for State Strike Team members.
“I am pleased that we are able to authorize Crozer Health’s request for personnel assistance,” Klinepeter said. “We want to make sure that hospitals and healthcare workers are ready to take care of everyone who arrives now and we want hospitals to develop their own longer-term sustainable staffing solutions. We know that staff resources are scarce and will be prioritized to meet the most acute needs and maximize system-wide impact.
“We applaud and appreciate this temporary solution as the catastrophic staffing crisis we are experiencing in our hospitals and healthcare facilities could jeopardize our entire healthcare system and put our communities at risk,” said Matthew Yarnell, president of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania. “The deployment of strike teams demonstrates the importance of addressing the staffing crisis and taking action to ease the burden on our frontline nurses and caregivers. We look forward to working on longer term solutions.
This staffing assistance is separate from the federal strike teams deployed to hospitals in Scranton and York and extended through March, the department said.