Hiring underway for Tysons’ new emergency room, opening this spring
The emergency room Reston Hospital Center is building in Tysons isn’t expected to open for three months, but efforts to staff the new facility are already underway.
HCA Healthcare Inc., the Nashville-based company that owns Reston Hospital, currently has 26 positions listed in its job database for the Tysons ER, a stand-alone facility that will be located at 8240 Leesburg Pike between Tysons Corner Center and the Highway 123 interchange.
The project has encountered construction issues due to pandemic-related supply shortages, but is currently on track for an April launch, according to HCA Healthcare spokeswoman Suzanne Kelly.
With nearly a quarter of US hospitals reporting staffing shortages earlier this month amid rising Covid cases, HCA told Tysons Reporter sister site Reston Now that its most critical vacancies are Tysons emergency room job postings, especially for nurses and imaging professionals. .
“Like healthcare organizations nationwide, Reston Hospital Center is struggling to respond to a tight labor market, coinciding with pandemic-exacerbated nursing workforce shortages,” said Kelly in a statement. “As part of the HCA Virginia Health System, our facilities strive to retain our existing colleagues, attract new nurses, and encourage and support those considering a career in nursing through education programs. “
Scheduled to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Tysons’ 14,000 square foot emergency department will have 11 private treatment rooms, including a trauma room and 10 exam rooms, and provide the same services than in a hospital emergency room. .
In addition to registered nurses, the facility is looking for a clinical coordinator, radiology and ultrasound technologists, an emergency services manager and maintenance workers.
To meet immediate staffing needs, HCA is offering a $20,000 signing bonus to registered nurses with at least one year of experience, including for positions in the Tysons emergency room, according to its job postings.
The health system said in a statement that it is also recruiting nurses from other states and even overseas to work in Virginia, adjusting salaries and implementing “incentive and recognition programs,” among other “aggressive recruiting efforts”:
To address immediate staffing shortages, we offer signing bonuses and employee referral bonuses. Additionally, we are also recruiting nurses from other states and even other countries to come to Virginia to support our nurses and help ensure that we are providing top quality care to our patients during this unprecedented time. We attract new nurses to work in our facilities through aggressive recruiting efforts, including signing bonuses and referral bonuses in strategic areas and specialties. We also continue to partner with traditional colleges and universities, as well as online programs, to inspire more people to choose healthcare careers. This will create a future pipeline to meet long-term health workforce needs.
As Reston Now reported this morning, HCA is now requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after the Supreme Court allowed a federal mandate issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to take effect. last Thursday (January 13).
While most DC-area hospitals already required their staff to be vaccinated, HCA suspended its requirement in November after a federal judge blocked the CMS warrant.
Reston Hospital says it will comply with the mandate so it can continue to serve Medicare and Medicaid patients.
“Any HCA Healthcare co-worker who works or has business reasons to travel to these facilities or healthcare facilities should receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by January 27 and be fully vaccinated by February 28, unless he does not receive a medical or religious exemption,” Kelly said via email.