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Good Morning, Buffalo: Health care employers search for solutions to staffing crunch

Good Morning, Buffalo: Health care employers search for solutions to staffing crunch

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Nov. 20, 2021

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Mary Lattimer from ECMC speaks with Gregory Marks at a University at Buffalo job fair at Alumni Arena on Thursday. Connections and networking were vital for Catholic Health System to stay afloat during the worker strike at Mercy Hospital.

Amid health care staffing crunch, employers adapt with short-term changes and hope for long-term fixes

For more than a month, staffing issues took center stage during the Mercy Hospital strike at Catholic Health System. 

But the staffing crunch goes beyond Mercy, and all health care providers – in Western New York, the state and the country – are feeling the effects.

All are beefing up their payroll of recruiters, making nationwide connections in the hunt for workers. They're offering signing bonuses, aiming to stick out in the crowd. And, in the near term, they're paying huge premiums for agency workers.

It's a problem that's not going away anytime soon. 

– Jon Harris



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Byron Brown claims victory in historic write-in campaign: Brown had received 38,338 write-in votes, according to unofficial results posted by the Erie County Board of Elections. As was expected on election night, his tally now exceeds the 25,194 votes cast for his opponent, India Walton. Read more

A Belter survivor tells her story and questions whether justice was done: A woman who four years ago was sexually assaulted by Christopher J. Belter – about 4 a.m. Thanksgiving Day 2017 – said she was so intoxicated that she was hallucinating during the attack in Belter's bedroom. She said that Belter, who avoided a prison sentence Tuesday in Niagara County Court for attacks on her and three other teenage girls, took advantage of being a wealthy white male in obtaining eight years' probation. Read more

Clarence man charged with harassment over social media post targeting Poloncarz: Paul A. Czora is accused of calling Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz a "brown shirt Nazi" in a Twitter post, and adding, "We the people have the right and the power to stop you. Listen to this and think. BANG! Thump. Done." Czora, who was issued the harassment violation on Tuesday, will be arraigned on Dec. 7 in Clarence Town Court. Read more

Erie County proposes fund for storefront improvements: Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is proposing a $10 million storefront revitalization initiative as part of his 2022 budget, funded by a 23% increase in sales tax receipts, largely from online sales and the effect of stimulus payments. Read more


Don Paul: Quiet Saturday gives way to an active pre-holiday weather pattern: Expect an uneventful weather day Saturday. Temperatures will edge up into the mid- to upper 40s with a 10-15 mph breeze from the south, Don Paul writes. Read more

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WNY Beer Trail launches discount book for 2022: The Western New York Beer Trail's 2022 Trail Pass provides coupons for two half-price beers during your first visit at more than 40 breweries, bars, bottle shops, distilleries and more. News contributor Brian Campbell has the details. Read more


Q&A: Bills quarterback Davis 'Dragon' Webb keeps winning daily races: Buffalo Bills quarterback Davis Webb hopes to coach one day, but not yet. First, he's got a lot of daily races every morning at practice against Josh Allen to tend to, and to win. Read more


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First snow

Morning snow starts to accumulate on a bison and a pumpkin Nov. 13 on Seneca Street.


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