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Physician-run hospitals face HR obstacles

Posted on September 21st, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Physician-owned hospitals like Alex Rintoul's Medical Center of Elizabeth Place in Dayton, Ohio, face constant human resources issues, Becker's Hospital Review reports.

Rintoul identified HR administration challenges these types of mid-sized hospitals often face, noting that because some hospitals have high turnover rates, there must be a sophisticated HR professional on staff to work with employees and lower dissatisfaction.

Furthermore, employing an HR worker can help mitigate problems that may arise from controversial decisions, such as requiring staff to work longer hours during an influx of patient volume.

"Increased surgical volume is good for me, but my OR nurses and technical staff might be stressed because they are working longer hours," Rintoul told the news source. "I don't want to hire more staff right away because next quarter there might not be such an influx. There needs to be someone here who can listen to the employees and discuss with them where I'm coming from, and vice versa."

HR administration likely played a key role in the National Labor Relations Board's recent decision to require employers to place 11-by-17-inch posters explaining workplace rights in viewable areas by November 14, TLNT reports.  

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