Hospitals across Kentucky are struggling from pre-Covid challenges
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The challenges facing Kentucky’s hospitals and health care industry are growing daily under the strain of the latest Covid surge. Many of these issues have been building for years and have come to a head during the pandemic.
Equipment shortages, staffing issues and financial losses are some to mention. On Thursday, medical professionals told state lawmakers that not all the problems are new and the solutions won’t be easy. There’s a major nursing shortage and there’s a problem with physically getting patients to a hospital by ambulance.
“If we can’t do it on our own we may need to ask your assistance in resolving this problem because our patients who are again your constituents cannot be ignored when minutes count in the saving of someone’s life,” says Nancy Galvani, the President of Kentucky Hospital Association.
The Kentucky Hospital Association highlighted to lawmakers that the same challenges facing hospitals are facing other segments of the health care chain, including salary demands, competition, complicated licensing requirements, worker shortages and the list goes on.