Mayo Clinic is offering an “advice clinic” to help with the hiring process, but the hiring team may not know what to expect.
“They’re not the people to hire,” said Mayo Clinic President Dr. Karen L. Koester.
The clinic has been doing the hiring for the last two years.
Koester said she and the Mayo-based Mayo Clinic Foundation are providing guidance on the hiring of clinical strength specialists in an effort to ensure the care provided at Mayo Clinic stays up to date.
She said the clinic’s hiring team is also helping with a number of initiatives, such as recruiting patients for care at the Mayo Family Clinic in Lakewood, Colo., and helping the Mayo Children’s Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with its recruiting and staffing efforts.
“We’re also looking to do additional hiring as we continue to grow and we need to do it at a more consistent pace,” Koeser said.
She said she is confident the hiring efforts will help ensure the clinic has the right staffing to deliver high quality care.
As of July 1, the Mayo clinic had about 18,000 staff, which is higher than the Mayo Foundation’s average of about 11,000 staffers.
Koeser also said the Mayo clinics largest medical center, Mayo Clinic Medical Center, has about 6,000 employees and is doing better than the rest of the country.
Laurie J. Davis, president of the Mayo Institute for Clinical Leadership, said the health care system as a whole is doing a good job, but it is not as well as it should.
But, she said, we are working to make the system more efficient.
Davis, a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, said her institute’s primary goal is to improve the quality of care and that includes hiring more clinical strength clinicians.
I’m hopeful the hiring will improve the clinic, she added.
But some health care professionals are concerned about the Mayo Health Care System’s hiring and staffing needs.
They are concerned that the new hires may not have experience working in clinical settings, which may not be ideal for the health of the clinic or patients.
For instance, she and other health care leaders have questioned the ability of the new hiring staff to handle some of the patients at the clinics medical centers.
They also worry that some of those who are hired will be new to clinical settings and could not handle some situations, like the patients that the staff will have to care for at Mayo Medical Center and the Rochester Children’s.
“It is not necessarily an issue of who has the best skills, but whether the people can be effective and do what they are supposed to do,” said Davis.
Ketster said Mayo HealthCare has made hiring an ongoing process, and is looking to improve hiring in the future.
And, she stressed that hiring the right staff is key to making sure Mayo Clinic continues to be successful.
There are no plans for the hiring or training of a clinical strength specialist at Mayo.