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.