Monday, March 23, 2020: EVP and Head of GQR’s California operations, Jon Griffith was interviewed by ABC 10 News San Diego speaking about the surge of patients to hit the healthcare system in San Diego and across the country. The article poses the question as to whether or not the city’s healthcare system will be able to handle the influx of coronavirus patients.
“The problem that we’re seeing now, post-pandemic and coronavirus, is that those nurses can’t flock to any one area to support people because they have to support locally where they are,” said Griffith.
The article goes on to say, “there were supply and demand issues with nurses before COVID-19. Now travel nurses, who would typically fill the void are needed in every state, and not necessarily available to travel.”
Griffith states, “We’re seeing people called out of retirement. Nurses and physicians alike [are] being requested to come out and support. Essentially what we’re trying to do at GQR is to tap into those resources or new grad nurses, retired nurses, wherever we can, to give that local support to these hospitals.”
10News went on to inquire with healthcare providers across San Diego how they will keep their staff levels up while mitigating the risk of burnout and illness.