November 24, 2022

Hello, Buffalo: Healthcare Employers Seek Solutions to Staff Shortage |


ECMC’s Mary Lattimer chats with Gregory Marks at a University of Buffalo career fair at Alumni Arena on Thursday. Connections and networking were key to keeping the Catholic health care system afloat during the workers’ strike at Mercy Hospital.

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Amid staff shortage in healthcare, employers are adjusting to short-term changes and hoping for long-term solutions

For more than a month, personnel issues took center stage during the Mercy Hospital strike at the Catholic health care system.

But the staffing shortage goes beyond Mercy, and every healthcare provider – in western New York state, state and country – is feeling the pinch.

All of them are bolstering their recruiter payrolls, making nationwide links in the search for workers. They offer signing bonuses, in an effort to stand out. And, in the short term, they pay huge bonuses for agency workers.

This is a problem that is not going to go away any time soon.


A trip to Canada doesn’t get any easier for Americans: Vaccinated Canadians taking short trips to the United States will no longer have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test as of November 30 – but the testing requirement will remain for vaccinated Americans visiting Canada. Read more