NIHD BOARD APPROVES STAFF EXPANSION FOR CLINICS
According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, Northern Inyo Health District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved hiring additional support staff for the Rural Health and Pediatric Clinics during it’s November 16th regular board meeting. This expansion will allow NIHD to keep pace with recent growth at the clinics.
Within the next six months, NIHD will hire up to four Medical Assistants, two Registered Nurses, plus a Front Office Coordinator for RHC and an Office/Clinical Coordinator for the Northern Inyo Associates Pediatrics Clinic.
Dr. Flanigan explained that industry standards call for between two-three quarters to three and a half support staff per provider. Although not every position will be filled immediately, the Medical Assistant roles are a priority.
The unbudgeted annual cost for the new positions is estimated to be between $390,000 and $550,000, depending on the experience of new hires. The move coincides with NIHD’s Strategic Plan, which calls for a focus on improving both patient and employee experience.