GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Some local urgent care facilities are feeling the sting of staffing shortage by cutting hours or closing temporarily.
Governor Kathy Hochul says her office had not received any reports of health care facilities closing because of some staffers refusing to get the job. However, the Capital Region is seeing it otherwise.
Albany Medical Center has closed their EmUrgentCare locations in Guilderland and Mechanicville.
“The staffing crisis is real and thats why the vaccine mandate doesn’t necessarily fix things. If all those people were to go get vaccinated, we would still have that crisis,” said Albany Medical Center President, Dr. Dennis McKenna.
The closure is temporary as the hospital reallocates staff to their Emergency Department.
A hospital spokesperson told NEWS10 ABC:
Like most hospitals, Albany Med is experiencing increased wait times due to staffing shortages felt nationwide. We continue to provide safe care and are taking proactive measures to recruit and retain staff, including referral bonuses and rewards for attendance. We will remain focused on providing the critical services unique to Albany Med, including those through our Children’s Hospital and level one trauma center, while working to develop thoughtful solutions to continue to care for our region. The temporary closure of our Albany Med EmUrgentCare sites in Mechanicville and Guilderland is one of those solutions to help decompress our Emergency Department.
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