State provides personnel support in wake of mandate, despite media criticism – News

New York officials are “proactively working” with long-term care providers facing staff shortages linked to the pandemic and the state’s new COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to a senior official in the State.

Stephen B. Hanse

“We are working closely with the government. [Kathy] The administration of Hochul (D) in terms of the personnel crisis in New York, ”said Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association. McKnight Long Term Care News Thusday.

“She is well aware of the problem and works proactively with suppliers to [find] solutions to help recruit and retain workers, which is a very, very positive thing to really deal with the health workforce crisis, ”he added.

Hanse’s vote of confidence comes in the middle a report that New York was unable to provide personnel assistance to long-term care providers who called an emergency hotline to seek help with shortages related to its COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The governor’s office, before the mandate went into effect, also said it would look to the National Guard to keep the facilities fully staffed in the event of a shortage.

“[Wednesday]I was with a number of vendors and owners, and I don’t know of any facility that has contacted the hotline to date, ”said Hanse. “Yes, our number one problem is understaffing. It is a significant problem. This negatively impacts the ability of many providers to accept new hospital or community admissions. That being said, I don’t know of any vendor or facility that called the hotline and experienced what was reported. ”

State data shows 97% of long-term care staff have been vaccinated since the term termination clause went into effect on September 27.

“The numbers keep increasing. Providers work closely with their staff, especially staff they have had to leave or lay off, to continue educating them about the safety and effectiveness of immunization, ”said Hanse. “However, we are facing shortages and as the statewide number is moving in a very positive direction, it is the macro number.”

He explained that at the facility level, providers struggle on a daily basis to deal with staff shortages.

“If you have a retirement home, let’s say there are four night nurses and one or two refuse the vaccination, and therefore are unable to work, that’s a 25% or 50% reduction in staff. “, did he declare. “On a facility-by-facility basis, it’s a daily struggle to really manage staff and keep recruiting and retaining new workers. “

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