FierceHealthcare Article by Ilene MacDonald |
A nationwide physician shortage has hit a Colorado VA hospital particularly hard, forcing it to reschedule or postpone dozens of surgeries because it doesn’t have enough anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.
Approximately 65 to 90 nonemergency surgeries at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System have been pushed off because of the shortage, caused in recent months because staff have left for other jobs or are on paternity and maternity leave, a hospital spokeswoman told The Denver Post. In July, the publication reported that the VA hospital had one of the worst wait times for care in the nation.
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