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Staffing a new hospital? You can recruit about 20 to 40 percent from within the health system

Baptist Health South Florida is a faith-based health system with 6 hospitals.  One of these is the West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, which opened in Spring 2011.  This new hospital is notable for several reasons, including that it is the first brand new hospital that was not a total replacement hospital to be built in the Miami area in over three decades.  This article is a description of the start-up of the new hospital that had the goal of achieving Magnet status within two years.  (An application for Magnet status was submitted early in 2014.)

I was intrigued by this fact related to recruiting staff for the new hospital:

  • “…consultative feedback from other health systems opening a new hospital showed that they were able to recruit only 20% to 40% from within their system.  To preserve the BHSF [Baptist Health South Florida] culture, without hurting affiliate entities, WKBH [West Kendall Baptist Hospital] set a target of 50% and, with thoughtful planning and processes, were able to meet this goal.”

Source: Harris, D., and Cohn, T. (2014, Aug.). Designing and opening a new hospital with a culture and foundation of Magnet: an exemplar in transformational leadership. Nurse Leader, 12(4), 62-68, 77.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://www.nurseleader.com/article/S1541-4612%2813%2900272-3/pdf   Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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