Boone Health has hired 200 employees in the past year


It’s been a year since leaders at Boone Health decided to go independent.

The major hospital in Columbia continues without the support of another health care company.

Boone Health CEO Troy Greer says getting people to work, and keeping people there, will be the industry’s next big challenge as it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says the hospital is 88% staffed, and has hired 200 employees in the past year.

“But that doesn’t mean we’ve solved the problem,” Greer said. “If you were to ask any of our staff members the biggest challenge today is actually having enough resources to meet the demand of our community.”

The current question involves many respiratory diseases, such as influenza.

Greer says the same lessons learned in the pandemic to protect yourself, such as hygiene and vaccines, can help the hospital stay prepared.

“What we don’t want to do is get really relaxed about the idea that everything is fine now, when we really still have a lot of demand for the given amount of labor that we have across the industry, not just at Boone,” Greer said.

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