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How to overcome anesthesia staffing challenges

November 21, 2022

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), by 2034, there will be a shortage of up to 124,000 physicians, with the most significant disparities being among specialty doctors, like anesthesiologists. Anesthesia staffing challenges have been going on for some time, which has made recruiting and retaining staff a full-time job in itself. Many hospitals and medical facilities don’t have the resources to take on sufficient recruiting, vetting, and hiring – let alone determine ways to prevent turnover. However, there is a solution. The right anesthesia management company has the tools to handle hiring practices efficiently and cost-effectively, saving vital time and resources.


Considering Client Needs

Experienced anesthesia management partners understand that no two medical facilities are the same. Not only does each medical facility have their own specific needs but taking the time to really understand those requirements will fully impact the success of a recruitment program. That is why, at Premier Anesthesia, we take a deep dive into the workings of the entire anesthesia department and ask questions such as: Could a shift in the staffing model offset the need for additional hires? Do you need locum or permanent coverage? What kind of flexibility can the hospital offer? What makes this clinic stand out to potential candidates?


Considering Candidate Needs

The competition for clinician talent is fierce. That means an anesthesia management partner needs to determine what potential candidates want and balance those wants with the hospital’s needs. Accepting a position is a two-way street, and both parties should be satisfied. At Premier Anesthesia, we believe that being happy where you work makes all the difference. Whether as an anesthesiologist in a large hospital near a bustling big city or as a CRNA in a small community clinic in a sleepy beach town, we work to help providers meet their professional and personal needs so that turnover rates are reduced, and job satisfaction is increased.


Finding the Best Talent Quickly 

As a specialty, you want to ensure you are hiring the best, but it can take many hospital recruiters months to find the right candidate. That is time many medical facilities and patients don’t always have. Quickly finding those with the right skill sets and diverse clinical backgrounds takes a broad and multifaceted recruiting approach. For example, Premier Anesthesia goes beyond job boards and social media posts and participates in networking that reaches top talent. In addition, as part of Jackson Healthcare, our team can quickly find the best providers throughout our vast network of established talent.


A Single Point of Contact

Finding the right person doesn’t mean the hiring process is over. There are licenses and credentialing requirements to consider, travel expenses to organize, training to arrange, and pay and benefits to negotiate. As a management partner, these organizations should act as a single point of contact between the medical leadership and the potential hire. At Premier Anesthesia, we do just that, working as a valid extension of your team and allowing leadership to get back to focusing on their facility.


Ongoing Needs

We know that over time, hospital needs change. As we have seen over the last several years, surgical and procedural volume can dramatically fluctuate. In order to remain profitable while also delivering top-quality care, a recruitment partner must be flexible. That is why our solutions are created to grow and scale as needed. Our team is ready to take on any required shifts in staffing and recruitment, whether filling the gaps in an anesthesia schedule to adding permanent anesthesia leadership positions.


The Best Team for Your Practice

As a leading anesthesia management company, Premier Anesthesia matches the nation’s top anesthesiologists, CRNAs, and anesthesiologist assistants with our hospital, office-based clinics, and ambulatory surgery center partners. Let’s connect if you would like to learn more about how our intentionally developed anesthesia management programs can enhance your anesthesia services, gain revenue, and manage staffing and recruitment.