As the healthcare industry celebrates National Hospital Week 2023 today, all of us at Interim Physicians wish to express our deepest gratitude to America’s hospital workers for allowing us to partner with you in providing essential locum tenens coverage to your healthcare facilities.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) will mark National Hospital Week through May 12 with this year’s theme, #WeAreHealthcare, which recognizes the more than 5.7 million healthcare providers who steadfastly deliver essential medical care to communities from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between.
This week is also a time to highlight the incredible resilience and adaptability of hospital staff – not just physicians but also administrative professionals, support teams, and more – in the face of the litany of recent challenges.
Your dedication to protecting our nation’s health is uplifting in “normal” times; since the pandemic began three years ago, it’s been nothing short of awe-inspiring. You and your colleagues ensure that patients receive care in large metros, suburban regions, and rural community hospitals that are so vital to millions of people across the country. The ongoing challenges of provider burnout and staffing shortages have made it increasingly difficult for hospitals to maintain high-quality care, which is why we’ve felt especially privileged to help support hospital medical staffing.
Interim Physicians is not alone in this mission. Hospitals are increasingly using locum tenens, with physicians consistently being the most sought-after roles, followed by nurses and advanced practice providers. Labor availability and finances remain critical, with several major health systems posting significant losses for 2022. We know it’s not easy to do what you do, day in and day out.
So thank you to clinical departments – the emergency department teams, the intensive care teams, the surgery teams, the radiology teams, the nurses, the patient care workers. Thank you to lab techs, pharmacists, and pharmacy techs. Thank you to rehab services, administrators, maintenance workers, and quality assurance teams.
We see you. And we’re on YOUR team. We credit our lives and our livelihoods to you and look forward to continuing to partner with each and every one of you in our shared mission of providing healthcare to our families and communities.