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ECMC experiences best nursing recruitment season in 10 years

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; JUNE 16, 2006-Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation officials today announced that they have experienced an outstanding nurse recruitment year for the organization. While the nursing shortage continues across the nation and within the Western New York region, ECMC officials said they have managed to attract more recent nursing graduates and experienced nurses than any previous year within the past decade. To date in 2006, ECMC has hired 79 R.N.s (Registered Nurses) and 23 L.P.N.s (Licensed Practical Nurses). Having the ability to effectively recruit and retain nurses has allowed ECMC to maintain the best nurse to patient staffing ratios in Western New York.

"ECMC Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Young, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., (who is married to a nurse) said, "Nurses in record numbers in Western New York are choosing ECMC for our extraordinary clinical environment and professional development opportunities. I think nurses in the area also recognize that ECMC management is committed to quality initiatives that help them provide the kind of care they want to be associated with."

When asked to compare nursing at ECMC to other organizations for which she has worked, experienced nurse and recent ECMC hire Susan M. Barrett, R.N., B.S.N., said, "A nurse from another institution told me, if I really want to learn in my field of nursing, I need to work at ECMC." Barrett went on to explain, "ECMC is very well organized and professional, yet the environment is friendly-this is better for staff and better for patients. There are also many more opportunities to grow and much more room for advancement at ECMC." Barrett lives in Cheektowaga.

When asked why she chose to work at ECMC after graduation, recent Niagara County Community College nursing graduate (May 2006) Mary Jo Popovich, R.N., said, "With an interest in ‘Med-Surg' (medical/surgical services) I knew I would learn a lot because ECMC is a teaching hospital and a trauma center." Popovich continued, "Having talked to classmates who chose to work at other institutions, I now better understand how much more organized and focused the ‘precepting' (orientation) program is here. I know for sure that choosing ECMC was the right decision." Popovich resides in Amherst.

When asked about other possible reasons for ECMC's recent nurse recruitment successes, ECMC Vice President of Nursing Bonnie Ann Glica, R.N., said, "Nurses are choosing ECMC because through their clinical experiences on site as a student nurse and/or from discussions with other colleagues, they are aware that the training provided at ECMC is exceptional and the institution is truly committed to providing the highest quality of care. The mentoring from expert clinicians as well as the exposure to complex patients and progressive standards of care have placed ECMC at the top of the list for those seeking rewarding and dynamic nursing careers."

ECMC Nurse Recruiter Sue Przepasniak, R.N., said, "We heard repeatedly from graduates of many area colleges over the past several months as we hosted nursing recruitment events, that during their clinical rotations at ECMC, our nursing staff took the time to teach every aspect of quality nursing care. They said this was not the case at many other hospitals."

ECMC Human Resources Department staff members expect to hire several more nurses by the end of July 2006, and officials anticipate that the recruitment/hiring trend at ECMC will continue as a result of a greater awareness of ECMC's unsurpassed nursing program.

The Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation encompasses an advanced academic medical center with 550 inpatient beds and 156 skilled nursing home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics, and the Erie County Home, a 586-bed skilled nursing facility. The medical center serves as the regional center for trauma, burn, rehabilitation, and a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo. The ECMC Corporation is dedicated to being Western New York's hospital of choice through excellence in patient care and customer service.

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