Two and a half years in to the COVID-19 pandemic and staffing shortages remain. Health systems are paying higher prices to secure workers. Supply costs are elevated and some service lines have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. As a result, many hospitals were operating in the red in the first half of 2022, with executives concerned about the financial ramifications when federal relief funding gives out.
Ed Lovern, president and CEO of Ascension St. Agnes Hospital, joins The Check Up to talk about the operating challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.