Hospital staff, including those working in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), have faced immense challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exacerbated existing staff shortages in CAHs and increased stress and burnout among hospital staff as they cope with persistent trauma and the need to work longer hours. This brief describes initiatives in three CAHs that have helped support their staff in the areas of child care, stress and well-being, and work flexibility. It also assesses similarities between these programs and offers considerations for CAHs interested in starting comparable initiatives.
The CAHs included in this brief are:
• Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, IL
• Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL
• First Care Health Center in Park River, ND