6 major regional health systems form an alliance to share staffing resources

Diving brief:

  • Six regional health systems are forming an alliance to share resources and information related to key workforce challenges facing hospitals nationwide as the pandemic hits the two-year mark, according to a statement. press Thursday.
  • The partnership, named Evolve Health Allianceincludes Florida Advent Health, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, Michigan-based Henry Ford Health System, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, New York-based Northwell Health, and Ohio-based OhioHealth.
  • The systems will participate in reciprocal staffing agreements and exchange information on best practices for improving diversity and employee well-being and engagement, as well as other work-related information.

Overview of the dive:

Systems involved in the partnership have previously shared information and resources during COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the statement. At one point, Intermountain deployed 48 employees to Northwell, and Northwell later returned the favor when Utah faced a surge in virus cases.

These types of agreements are included in the pact between six health systems across the country with the formation of Evolve Health Alliance.

The group will also focus heavily on improving employee engagement and efforts to better retain their existing workforce. Part of this will involve shared skills development opportunities and programs for clinical and non-clinical staff to collaborate and exchange ideas with other systems.

“We know this alliance will help us evolve policies, practices and initiatives that will ultimately benefit our patients and the communities we serve,” Heather Brace, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Intermountain, which is also co-chair of the Evolve Health Alliance, said in the statement.

The partnership comes as health systems face severe staffing shortages with few solutions, as burnout and better paid mobile nursing positions drive health care workers across the country out of their posts. permanent.

Hospitals, in turn, experienced high labor costs and spent more on salaries, hiring bonuses and contract labor during recent surges.

Industry groups and Congress are pushing for the Federal Trade Commission investigate travel nurse recruitment agencies, alleging that companies are seizing the pandemic as an opportunity to inflate rates and boost their bottom line. The agency has not yet done so.

Other systems with footprints in multiple states like UPMC have formed internal placement agencies move their workforce between areas that need it the most and better retain current staff.