One of the most pressing challenges facing healthcare companies is finding qualified talent for today’s most critical jobs. Exacerbated by the economic fallout from the global pandemic, employers have more job vacancies than ever while simultaneously grappling with a debilitating talent shortage. According to the America Works Report, nearly 90% of chamber of commerce leaders reported it was difficult for businesses to hire workers. Further, over 90% cited a lack of available workers’ as the main factor slowing the economy in their respective area.
All of this, compounded by increased personnel costs from a COVID-fueled national wage market, has created the perfect workforce storm with swelling labor costs, decreasing productivity, and, ultimately, missed economy opportunity.
To address this, the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council has created the Center for Healthcare Workforce Innovation (CHeWI) a sustainable, strategic partnership between healthcare employers, higher education, workforce development and community partners to proactively recruit, train and retain the healthcare workforce of tomorrow.
Spearheaded by the LHCC Workforce Innovation Committee, a coalition of senior HR executives from council companies collaborating to address workforce challenges, the CHeWI will harness the collective power of the 14 council member companies to develop equitable and innovative solutions focused on the following priorities: