Interior Health launches financial incentive for health care workers in Grand Forks, BC – Okanagan Pipa News

Interior Health launches financial incentive for health care workers in Grand Forks, BC – Okanagan

Internal Health says new financial incentives available for health care workers in Grand Forks, B.C.

According to the regional health authority, the small community of 4,100 suffers from a significant shortage of staff.

To mitigate this, the IHA is offering a quarterly bonus, higher wages for employees who travel more than 40 km to work in Grand Forks, and $1,500 to attract a new staff member to the community Bonus.

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“Grand Forks faces unique challenges for staffing that require community-based solutions and thinking outside the box,” said BC Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“These incentives are an important step toward bringing best practices from around the province to Grand Forks and stabilizing the local health services that people expect and deserve.”

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According to Interior Health, new incentives for eligible employees include:

  • Up to $2,000 in quarterly retention bonuses
  • 1.5 times of normal pay for employees traveling more than 40 kms
  • A bonus (up to $1,500) for referring health care workers to Grand Forks.

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Financial incentives are available for a variety of healthcare positions.

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  • registered nurse
  • registered psychiatric nurse
  • licensed Practical Nurse
  • health care Assistant
  • community health worker
  • medical laboratory technologist
  • medical laboratory assistant
  • radiology technologist
  • Social Worker
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist
  • sonographer
  • dietician
  • Frontline Clinical Manager (Referral Bonus and PRRI only)

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Local MLA Roli Russell said, “I know that I – and our entire community – are deeply grateful for the dedication of our nurses, doctors and other health care professionals in providing such high-quality care in our rural communities. “

“These incentives recognize patients and families at increased risk due to the distances they must travel to access other hospitals and services.

“These immediate steps, combined with the 70 actions in the Health Human Resource Strategy, will help support and stabilize health care services across the border.”

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Internal Health says patient beds were temporarily closed at Boundary Hospital in March due to limited staffing.

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Since then, however, significant shutdowns have been avoided, but additional staff are also needed to stabilize emergency services and minimize the risk of any interruption.

“These incentives are part of our commitment to local patients and to our current staff and physicians, who have remained steadfast in their dedication to Grand Forks and border communities during this challenging time,” said Interior Health’s Dr. Shaleen Letwin.

Interior Health says the incentives are effective immediately, and it will share details so employee members and unions can make appropriate use of the new incentives.

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