Tidelands Health suspends inpatient electives, offers incentive pay to boost staffing

As coronavirus hospitalizations surge in South Carolina, Tidelands Health is rescheduling inpatient elective surgeries and working to increase its workforce, according to WPDE.

The four-hospital system in Georgetown, S.C., said it is reassigning staff to different units, offering incentive pay for staff members who pick up extra shifts and recruiting to fill open positions. 

In addition, the hospital network said it is working with nurse staffing agencies and rescheduling inpatient elective surgeries to "redirect those staff resources."

Tidelands Health may also tap clinical professionals from the National Guard to support its efforts, according to the report. 

"This multifaceted approach is allowing us to effectively respond to the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations that's occurring across our region," Tidelands Health said in a statement to WPDE.

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