Created: April 26, 2021 06:56 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello along with partners such as Common Ground Health, Monroe Community College and the Western Region of the Civil Service Employees Association, Monday announced new efforts to improve staffing retention and career pipeline at Monroe Community Hospital.
The county executive said the pandemic magnified an already existing staffing crisis at local hospitals.
“This toll has not only exacerbated, but accelerated, a system-wide staffing shortage that put additional stress on those committed to helping our most vulnerable residents,” Bello said.
Like so many other health facilities in New York state, nursing staff turnover is the biggest challenge Monroe Community Hospital is facing at the moment.
"Burnout, retention, fair compensation and poor long-term care reimbursement have contributed to the current environment we are experiencing now. When COVID hit, all those underlying issues escalated and now they've become highlighted,” said Alyssa Tallo, Executive Health Director for Monroe Community Hospital.
Just recently, members of the Black and Asian Democratic Caucus spoke out and called for an investigation after whistleblowers reported poor patient care and staff treatment at the hospital.
In response to the County’s press conference Monday, the caucus said they are glad that County Executive Bello's Administration is taking the steps to create a better workplace, but that the whistleblower allegations must still be investigated.
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