MVHS could lose 150 more workers

UTICA N.Y.-- MVHS administrators gathered inside Saint Elizabeth's Hospital to discuss the ever growing need for workers.

Posted: Nov 23, 2021 7:39 PM

UTICA N.Y.-- MVHS administrators gathered inside Saint Elizabeth's Hospital to discuss the ever growing need for workers on Tuesday.

"The fact that we don't have enough health care workers to take care of the people that need help. This should be a national dialogue," MVHS CEO and President, Darlene Stromstad, said.

During the press conference, Stromstad mentioned how 150 workers still haven't received their vaccine yet. If they don't show proof of at least one dose by November 30th, they'll be officially let go from work. This has forced MVHS into a nursing shortage. Now, they have to look toward hiring traveling nurses, which is going to cost them, even though they may not be there for anymore than two months.

"Just the ones that we've approved yesterday for the next six weeks, that comes at an expense of 1.9 million dollars for six weeks of 42 nurses. This is definitely a financial stress on our organization," Stromstad said.

Even though MVHS has gone through a financial struggle through lack of staffing, Stromstad reinfocred that the same people that led us through the pandemic in 2020, are doing it again this time by being flexible. She said it's their adaptability that is helping the patients get the care they need through this difficult time.

"Our staff has done a fantastic job of stepping up and it is not uncommon for people to be working five to six days in a row and these are hard jobs, these are physically difficult jobs... They're putting in 150 percent and we hope that people remember that they're heroes. They were heroes a couple years ago or a year and a half ago. They're still heroes today," Stromstad said.

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