ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Some good economic news for south Georgia. In spite of budget cuts and layoffs, Tift Regional is adding jobs.
After approving the budget for the new fiscal year, the hospital announced today they will add 66 additional jobs.
Hospital officials say they've seen a five percent increase in patient volume this year and they are expecting a five percent increase next year too. That means new jobs are needed and thankfully Tift Regional will be able to add these additional jobs and meet the growing patient needs.
Staff at Tift Regional are busier than ever dealing an influx of patients. "Only 50% of our patients come from Tift county, the other 50 % come from our 11 surrounding counties," said Chris Efaw, Director of Outreach and Development.
This fiscal year, officials estimate almost 600 more patients were admitted to the hospital than last year. Almost 3,000 more patients paid a visit to the emergency room this year. With more patients coming in from outlying counties, additional help is needed. "The positions range from nurses, therapists, technicians, maintenance, laundry, housekeeping," said Efaw.
Monday night a new budget was approved which allows for 66 additional jobs. 28 of those new jobs will be offered to nurses. "We have seen an increase in our inpatient volumes and in the acuity meaning how sick the patients are," said Diane Patrick, Chief Nursing Officer.
"We are needing more and more nurses at the bedside, so I stress all of these positions that are approved are bedside nursing positions," said Patrick.
Some of the nurses will work in Emergency room, but the majority will work in the Med/Surg and Critical Care areas.
Another large percentage of the jobs will be offered in the information technology section."A lot of regulatory compliance positions will be available including some administrative type positions so it will be a good mix of clinical and non clinical jobs," said Efaw.
Hospital officials say most of those spots are not for beginners. "These people will come in and help build and implement very complex health care solutions that physicians, nurses and other groups can use," said Guy McAllister, Chief Information Officer.
Hospital officials say some of the jobs offered require more experience than others.
These jobs will be posted on the Tift Regional Medical Center website starting October 1st but not all the positions will appear online at once.
Hospital officials urge those interested in those jobs to check back periodically for new openings.