The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
Hospitals throughout all regions of Michigan are experiencing significant workforce shortages. The passage today of House Bill 5523 provides critically needed resources for recruitment and retention of healthcare workers to care for our communities. This funding is vital to assist hospitals and health systems in addressing high job vacancy rates, providing training and development, and supporting existing workers who have resiliently provided care for patients throughout the two years of this pandemic.
We’d like to express our gratitude to the Michigan Legislature for prioritizing this funding that will go directly toward Michigan healthcare workers. We encourage Gov. Whitmer to sign this bill as soon as it reaches her desk to bring urgently needed relief to our healthcare workforce.