As we have all seen there has been a widespread shortage in nursing staff caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help get things back on track, Adams County, Colorado has provided Platte Valley Medical Center with $1.5m from federal COVID-19 funds. The funding will help provide training and the hope is it will also increase nursing staff retention, which is a problem nationwide, with half of all nurses leaving during their first year.
"We know the last three years have been difficult on the community. [Healthcare workers] have been the frontline serving the community," Adams County Commissioner Lynn Baca said. One of Adams County's hospitals, Platte Valley Medical Center, is already recruiting new nurses and placing them in extensive training programs — programs that may be expanded to additional Intermountain Healthcare hospitals in the future. The additional funds will continue to support these programs.