Archbold is pleased to announce the Archbold Medical Center Board of Directors has approved a $9 million investment in their employees through a new staff recruitment and retention plan for the hospital system.
“We are living in unprecedented times,” said Archbold President and CEO Darcy Craven. “The COVID pandemic continues to strain our community, we are experiencing labor shortages in almost every area of the organization, and most recently, rising inflation is hurting our staff at home with the rising cost of necessities like gas and groceries.”
Details of the plan include raising the minimum wage, continued investment in clinical employees and an additional 3% cost of living adjustment on top of the 2% merit increase implemented in October for all staff not specifically targeted in the plan.
“Due to the impacts of the pandemic, there is a nationwide staffing shortage in almost all healthcare professions,” said Senior Vice President of Human Resources Zach Wheeler. “To provide adequate care to our patients, we have become more reliant than ever on travel staff and high-cost incentives to cover our staffing needs. This form of staffing is financially unsustainable, and we have put together a plan to address this problem with the ultimate goal of retaining current staff and attracting new employees,” added Wheeler.
All proposed increases are planned to be in place by the end of January.
“Investing in our people is the right thing to do and positions Archbold for long-term growth and success,” added Craven. “I want to thank every Archbold team member for all they do for the communities we serve.”
For more information about employment with Archbold, please visit https://archbold.org/employment.