The Iroquois Healthcare Association Creates Alternative to Traditional Healthcare Staffing Agencies

ALBANY, NY —The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) has created Upstate Works an innovative and sustainable solution for its members to battle exorbitant rates charged by healthcare temporary staffing agencies.

“The actions that we take now are going to disrupt the face of temporary healthcare staffing in New York,” said IHA President & CEO, Gary J. Fitzgerald. “We cannot continue to sit idly by while Hospitals are made to pay a projected $1.2B to staffing agencies during a health care staffing crisis. Upstate Works will help hospitals save precious resources and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to care in Upstate.”
IHA found that there are roughly 20,000 open staff positions in hospitals across Upstate and Western New York. Because of this staff vacancy crisis hospitals have had to use staffing agencies in order to continue to ensure patient safety and essential operations in service to their communities. The unfortunate consequence of this reliance is skyrocketing c