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Carrollton, Mo--Carroll County Memorial Hospital has been awarded a “Grow Your Own” grant from the Missouri Hospital Association to help recruit, retain and enhance the hospital’s health care workforce. The grant of $50,000 will be used to stabilize departments and service lines that are in need of succession planning and enhancement of skill levels as a means of retention.
The aging population, growing number of individuals with chronic conditions and expanded access to health insurance have led to increasing demands on the health care system. These factors and others have generated an urgent need for additional hospital caregivers. In addition, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which includes significant changes to payments and health care delivery systems, coupled with new technology, such as electronic health records, has increased demand for workers with highly specialized skills.
“There are some very hard to recruit positions within the healthcare field that small, rural hospitals need additional resources in order to be competitive with the larger markets,” says Jeff Tindle, Chief Executive Officer Carroll County Memorial Hospital. “Beyond the aging patient population, some healthcare fields are experiencing aging populations. This makes recruiting new individuals into these fields, such as Health Information and Laboratory Services, vital to hospital operations and success.”
At Carroll County Memorial Hospital, the Grow Your Own funds will be used to create a staff development program. In the first year, the program will:
“The workforce challenge for Missouri hospitals is two-fold,” says Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “First, hospitals must address the shortage of educated health care workers, including primary care physicians, nurses, therapists and imaging technicians, to meet the expanding demands for care. Second, hospital leaders also must recruit and retain talented individuals to manage increasingly complex health care organizations. The Grow Your Own program allows hospitals to address these challenges with plans that are tailored to the needs of their organizations and communities they serve.”
Applications for the Grow Your Own Hospital Grant Program were submitted in July. The applications were reviewed and selected by an independent committee composed of representatives from health care, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations with experience in health care grant development and funding processes.
For more information about Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website www.carrollcountyhospital.org or call 660-542-1695.