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Hospitals In Ohio Increase Benefits to Recruit Staff And Combat Burnout

Doctor working in hospital hallway

Hospitals are scrambling to find staff as the pandemic continues. As of Friday, Ohio had almost 4,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 1,000 of the cases are in the ICU, which is adding to employee burnout.

Competition for staff between health care providers is compounding the shortage. John Palmer, with the Ohio Hospital Association, said hospitals are offering a range of financial incentives to attract new employees.

“Hospitals are trying to step up and looking at their benefits packages," said Palmer. "They’re looking at sign-on bonuses. They’re looking at helping with tuition and other incentives in that regard.” He says some hospitals are also offering bonuses to existing employees to keep them from leaving.

Palmer said the ICU is where they’ve seen the most employee burnout because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kelly Krabill