11,000 Vacancies in Virginia Health Care, with Hospital Contract Labor Costs Up 154 Percent

There are over 11,000 open positions in healthcare in Virginia, and hospitals in the Commonwealth saw their costs for temporary contract labor increase a combined 154 percent between January 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) said in an announcement of a new “On Board Virginia” website promoting healthcare employment.

“The past few years have been especially trying for health care providers, with workforce issues and staff burnout among the challenges we have faced,” Centra Health President and CEO Amy Carrier said in the press release. “Having a robust workforce with trained and caring clinicians is pivotal to meet the medical needs of the families and communities we serve, now and in the future. With the launch of On Board Virginia, we are taking action to shore up the health care workforce in the Commonwealth.”

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