CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth-Hitchcock says identical to different well being care suppliers, it too, is experiencing workers shortages throughout the coronavirus pandemic that vary from nursing positions to meals service staff.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock mentioned Wednesday it organized a “Managing and Staffing to Capacity” activity power to determine options to the scarcity, particularly within the inpatient models and different care areas at its flagship hospital in Lebanon.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock additionally started planning for reallocation of sources and workers. Earlier this yr, it elevated the beginning price for newly licensed nurses to $30 per hour, and made wage changes for skilled medical nurses and nurse supervisors. It plans to offer a 2% wage improve for different workers starting in October.
Joni Menard, activity power chief, mentioned “the general state of affairs continues to be difficult as medical demand will increase and the provision of touring workers is depleted throughout the nation.”
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire will obtain practically $125,000 to coach legislation enforcement and first responders to extra successfully reply to folks in a psychological well being disaster.
The coaching can also be supposed to advertise psychological wellness for legislation enforcement and first responders in response to elevated charges of despair, post-traumatic stress dysfunction and suicide.
The alliance “seems to be ahead to partnering with the NH Department of Safety, NH Police Standards and Training and municipal police and fireplace departments in undertaking the targets of the grant,” Executive Ken Norton mentioned in an announcement Thursday.
The state’s congressional delegation introduced the grant, saying how the coronavirus pandemic has proven the necessity to strengthen psychological well being companies. The grant is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
More than 108,000 folks have examined constructive for the virus in New Hampshire, together with 372 new confirmed instances introduced Wednesday. Three new deaths have been introduced, bringing the entire to 1,420.
The seven-day rolling common of each day new instances in New Hampshire has risen over the previous two weeks from 234 new instances per day on Aug. 17 to 305 new instances per day on Tuesday.
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