Parkland Nurse Hiring Spree Helps Hospital Pass Test

New Parkland Hospital Photo

Dallas Business Journal
By: Bill Hethcock
Sept. 11, 2013

 

A year ago, Parkland Memorial Hospital had a 15 percent vacancy rate,  causing it to rack up millions of dollars in unbudgeted overtime and temporary staffing costs. Nurse staffing levels were especially low, which was not a good thing, because state and federal inspections had determined a severe nursing shortage was one of the major factors causing inferior patient care.

Since that time, Parkland has turned things around on the hiring front with assistance from a company called Supplemental Health Care, which hospital administrators hired to help them add staff fast. I spoke with Janet Elkin, president and CEO of Supplemental Health Care, about the process.

In the eight months that Supplemental Health Care has partnered with Parkland, the firm has interviewed more than 1,400 candidates and hired more than 600 full-time health care professionals, Elkin said. Most of those were registered nurses, but the positions also included patient care assistants, medical coders, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administrators and others…

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