Delaware healthcare facilities will receive $ 78 million in federal funds to deal with staff shortages amid the pandemic, Governor John Carney said on Wednesday.
The money, which comes from the American Rescue Pan, is intended for hospitals, long-term care facilities and state-run facilities, officials said. Funding is specifically intended for recruitment and retention efforts for facilities that “face significant staff shortages”.
Carney previously announced that federal funding would go to the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill and other state projects such as sewage, broadband and private sector rehire.
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Of that federal funding, Delaware hospitals and long-term care facilities will each receive $ 25 million, while public facilities will receive $ 28 million, a spokesperson for the governor said.
It is not immediately clear how the money will be divided.
The announcement comes after Delaware Online / The News Journal ran an article last month detailing how nurses felt in crisis due to understaffing issues.
These healthcare workers described how many nurses go to work for other hospitals, where healthcare systems offer better wages and significant signing bonuses. Some become itinerant nurses or leave the profession due to burnout and mental health issues.
These staffing issues, healthcare workers say, have caused nurses to treat more patients than many feel are safe, ultimately affecting patient care.
After the article was published, ChristianaCare, Delaware’s largest health care system, acknowledged the article and the “crisis” nurses are facing, according to an email.
âIt’s a story that could be written almost anywhere in the country today,â the email read, âas every state’s health systems are strained – and in some places beyond. And yet, for each of our caregivers, the day -the daily challenge is deeply personal.
“After 18 months of the pandemic, it sometimes feels like it’s getting harder – not easier.”
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