Rural hospitals challenged by workforce shortages


August 17, 2022

By Tammie Sloup, FarmWeek

When the Illinois Health and Hospital Association conducted its Small and Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting in Springfield this summer, worker retention and recruitment was a major theme.

Two of the largest impacts on workforce include stress from the pandemic and a shortage of health care professionals, said Ted Rogalski, Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) Board chairman and administrator of Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. is expected to have a shortage of up to 48,000 primary care physici...

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