Texas company to help staff Missouri hospitals stressed by COVID-19 surge

Missouri is using federal stimulus money to pay a Texas company to provide the state’s overtaxed hospitals with supplemental health care staffing for the next three months.

Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday that the state is hiring Vizient to deploy up to 760 additional staff members to hospitals across the state, including registered nurses, respiratory therapists and certified nurse assistants that would add Missouri’s capacity by nearly 600 hospital beds.

“Staffing continues to be one of the biggest challenges right now, and we are currently doing everything we can at the state level to assist,” Parson said. There aren’t enough doctors and nurses to staff
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