Hospital CEOs increasingly worried about staff shortages

Financial challenges and governmental mandates were the top two concerns of hospital CEOs for the third straight year in 2017, according to a survey, and personnel shortages cracked the top three for the first time in that span.

The survey, conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), asked nearly 300 community hospital CEOs to rank 10 issues based on “how pressing they are.”

"Assuring patient safety and providing quality care is the No. 1 job of hospital leaders," ACHE president and CEO Deborah Bowen said in a statement. “The survey results indicate that leaders are addressing the challenge of doing so in a changing and uncertain financial and regulatory environment. That personnel shortages have become one of the top three concerns suggests that hospitals are keeping their attention on attracting and retaining a talented workforce to ensure the short- and long-term needs of patients can be met.”

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