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But it’s not just primary care physicians that is in short supply. “Throughout Arizona and the country, there is a shortage of registered nurses and other allied health professionals, creating a staffing challenge at times,” says Frank Molinaro, CEO of Abrazo Community Health Network. THE GREATEST NEED Cheney says Arizona’s healthcare sector has workforce needs across the spectrum — from ambulatory care services to acute inpatient. “From a clinical perspective, we are in need of nurses — from ICU to operating room, progressive care, care coordination, home health, etc.; physicians — especially those in the primary care areas; certified medical assistants; surgical technicians; medical imaging and radiology technologists; certified nursing assistants; and behavioral health RNs and technicians,” Cheney says. “Those are amongst some of the clinical areas with the greatest need. Also due to the employee market, we are in competition for housekeeping and culinary jobs, as well, but that is also a nationwide challenge.” Technology and information security roles are also in high demand, and experts say most people do not understand that healthcare has those technology needs, opportunities and challenges, as well.  “As healthcare technology becomes more complex, so does the skill set required of staff to provide care to patients,” AB | May - June 2019 73

Profile for AZ Big Media

AZBusiness May/June 2019  

In this issue, we spotlight the healthcare leaders and innovators of 2019 and profile the finalists for the Industry Leaders of Arizona Awar...

AZBusiness May/June 2019  

In this issue, we spotlight the healthcare leaders and innovators of 2019 and profile the finalists for the Industry Leaders of Arizona Awar...