In the wake of a health care staffing shortage, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester has opened a new unit.
13 WHAM reports the new alternative care unit is for patients who no longer need hospital-level care, but who can’t be transferred to nursing home care because of the labor shortage. Kelly Luther, director of social work and patient and family services at Strong said “on any given day right now, we have between 40 and 50 patients who are awaiting nursing home placement or group home placement.”
Strong hopes to house as many as 20 patients in the new unit for the time being. Rochester’s Highland Hospital is considering opening a similar unit in the near future.
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