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Although heritage departments estimate it would lose around 10% of its staff due to a state vaccination mandate for workers in health facilities, the organization continues to accept new admissions and remains “Fully open” in Chautauqua County.
Efforts to attract new workers and retain those who are already on staff may be one of the reasons why.
“We have seen an impact of the mandate on vaccines”, said Jennifer Whitten, Chief Operating Officer of Heritage. “We are very fortunate that a large majority of staff want to continue their dedication to our seniors. We have had a very large number of our employees who have chosen to be vaccinated to continue this service. “
The nursing and assisted living organization, which operates Heritage Park in Jamestown, Heritage Green in Greenhurst and Heritage Village in Gerry, has vacancies in its dietetic department, activities department and office staff. Certified practical nurses are also needed, said Whitten.
“We have open positions in Chautauqua County”, she said, adding later, “We were lucky (these openings) did not compromise our ability to provide good care.
Heritage has not been immune to the labor shortage observed elsewhere in the country. It held open interviews last week and offers perks to attract new workers.
The New York State Department of Labor said last week that the number of jobs in the private sector increased in the month by 24,200, or 0.3%, to reach 7,614,800 in November 2021 By comparison, the number of jobs in the private sector in the United States increased 0.2% in November 2021.
Jobs in the private sector in New York State (unadjusted for seasonal variations) increased by 315,100, or 4.3%, on the year in November 2021. By comparison, the number of jobs in the sector private sector in the United States increased 4.6% year-on-year.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.9% to 6.6% in November 2021.
Meanwhile, Heritage has also taken steps to thank its staff during the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, including donating turkeys for Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas. Last week, several employees were rewarded with paid time off and money to take vacations. One employee received $ 3,000 and five days off; one employee received $ 1,500 and three days; and another received $ 500 and a day off.
This effort was part of a company-wide appointment process. “It’s an investment in our staff” said Whitten. “People are tired of health care. It gives them some money and time to take a break. This is what we aim to do.
Whitten said Heritage remains fully open to new admissions as well as local visits. According to its COVID-19 tracker, there have been four cases at Heritage Park – three among staff and one resident. The last confirmed case among staff was reported on December 9 while the residential case was reported on December 6.
There are currently no cases among the staff or residents of Heritage Village and Heritage Green.
“Our admissions are open”, said Whitten. “We want to continue to be of service to the community. We avoided the surge; infection prevention is extremely important to us, and to visitors, we encourage them to follow proper safety procedures. “