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CHA Briefs Media on Coming COVID-19 Surge, Dispels Workforce Myths

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During a well-attended statewide media call on Jan. 13, CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle provided details of the coming COVID-19 surge peak, its impact on hospitals, and the nature of the workforce challenges being felt throughout the state.  

On the call, Coyle discussed: 

  • The need to consider flexibility on nurse staffing ratios as hospital volume swells in the coming weeks 
  • The national reduction in the health care workforce, coupled with workers unavailable due to COVID-19 positivity,s that has led to the current workforce crisis 
  • Hospitals’ dire financial picture 

Early coverage includes an article from Cal Matters