Nearly six in 10 chief executive officers say too little space, too few beds and/or not enough staff are creating a capacity crunch at U.S. hospitals, according to a survey of 487 hospital CEOs by the American College of Healthcare Executives. A little more than 70% of respondents said they were experiencing a shortage of nursing staff, and 67% identified a shortage of "other clinical staff." Too little space in the emergency department was a problem for 64% of respondents, and 41% said they lacked sufficient intensive-care beds. The Oct. 18 magazine contains a longer report on the survey. Also, Modern Healthcare wrote about the industry's response to bed shortages in an exclusive March 2003 cover story . -- by Melanie Evans
Most hospital CEOs report capacity shortage
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