Expected staffing shortages could hit rural hospitals hard


December 2, 2020

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Anticipated staffing shortages amid surging coronavirus cases could hit rural hospitals especially hard because smaller communities have more limited options for finding providers to cover for sick workers, medical providers say.

"We are doing what we can to make sure our staff are staying healthy and safe and able to be available to treat the community, but we also have heard that with post-holiday, this could be a challenge," said Cindy Samuelson, senior vice president for the Kansas Hospital Association. "There is lots of potential for community spread."


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