HR Networking Group Established to Address Shared Challenges in Northeast Ohio’s Healthcare Environment

As part of The Center's strategic direction to build a strong healthcare workforce, The Center for Health Affairs has initiated the development of an HR networking group, or the Northeast Ohio Healthcare HR Forum, to address shared challenges faced by healthcare HR professionals in Northeast Ohio.

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Pam Waite, Director of Healthcare Workforce and NEONI Operations

Our goal is to eventually establish a regional HR networking group that will serve as a resource to address and help solve these and other HR challenges in Northeast Ohio’s changing healthcare environment.

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) June 11, 2014

As part of The Center's strategic direction to build a strong healthcare workforce, The Center for Health Affairs has initiated the development of an HR networking group, or the Northeast Ohio Healthcare HR Forum, to address shared challenges faced by healthcare HR professionals in Northeast Ohio.

In early 2014, the group identified the following as top challenges to focus on in 2014.

  • Following and adapting to changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affordable Act and Affirmative Action Plans
  • Managing costs such as benefits and turnovers
  • Balancing an HR workload with competing priorities and demands
  • Recruiting and compensating advanced practice registered nurses and nursing managers

“Our goal is to eventually establish a regional HR networking group that will serve as a resource to address and help solve these and other HR challenges in Northeast Ohio’s changing healthcare environment,” said Pam Waite, MSN, RN-BC, MHSA, director of healthcare workforce and NEONI operations, The Center for Health Affairs.

At the most recent meeting in April, Belinda Groppi, HR manager, University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, facilitated a discussion on legal and regulatory changes impacting healthcare HR professionals. The next meeting will focus on defining unemployment benefits.

For more information about this HR networking group, please contact Pam Waite via email, or at 216.255.3650.

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As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center for Health Affairs provides members with vital services and resources aimed at enhancing the region’s healthcare community. The Center delivers on this goal by focusing its efforts on areas that benefit from a regional approach: Healthcare Workforce; Emergency Preparedness; Public Policy & Advocacy; Finance & Reimbursement; and Community Initiatives. With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As leaders, we continuously scan the periphery, looking for opportunities to enhance the region’s workforce, better prepare our hospitals for an emergency, and increase the region’s wage index. And because of our business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, we have the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to our members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 38 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. For more, visit chanet.org.