DETROIT (AP) — A major Michigan heath care provider said it is looking overseas for hundreds of nurses.
Henry Ford Health System is working on a plan to bring nurses to southeastern Michigan, especially from The Philippines, said chief executive Wright Lassiter III.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
“We are working on a large swath of folks coming in the first quarter of next year to be able to provide service by summer, hopefully, once we get through the training and immigration process,” Lassiter said Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
Henry Ford Health has an “extreme challenge” in filling jobs throughout the system, from patient care to housekeeping, he said.READ MORE: Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
Henry Ford Health last week said it had dropped 120 beds from five hospitals due to staff shortages. Beaumont Health said it was idling 5% of its beds.
“In some cases, we have folks who love what they do in health care saying, ‘I just cannot go through this again,'” Lassiter said, referring to the stress of COVID-19.MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 7,505 New COVID-19 Cases, 118 Deaths
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