The group that will try and see Eau Claire through the closings at HSHS and Prevea has its leaders.
The group yesterday named Retired healthcare executive Bill Rupp and president of Northwestern Bank in Chippewa Falls Jerry Jacobson to lead the task force. Their goal will be to help find answers for workers, patients, and the community once HSHS and Prevea close this spring. The task force will have its first meeting today.
Stretching the lens larger, this is a state effort as well.
Wisconsin’s governor is ordering a new task force to take a look at the workforce needs of healthcare workers across the state. Governor Tony Evers yesterday created the Task Force on the Healthcare Workforce. The idea is to help the state find a way to get more people into the healthcare workforce, and deal with the specific challenges of hospitals, direct care, and clinics across the state.
The governor says Wisconsin will face a deficit of 20 thousand nurses by 2040, and he said the state must start making plans now to avoid that.