Why Talent Shortage is a Growing Concern for the Health Care Industry

Friday, April 24, 2015

Source: Albany Business Review

Joseph DeVivo is having a hard time finding employees with experience working with federal regulators.

The president and CEO of AngioDynamics, a catheter manufacturer headquartered in Latham, New York, said there is plenty of talent in the Albany region, but he struggles to recruit skilled employees from outside the area who are willing to make a long-term commitment to stay here.

Ferdinand Venditti, president of the Albany Medical Center Faculty Physician Group, faces a similar challenge. Albany Med and the associated medical college educate physicians and recruit skilled physicians to the region.

"We make them and we try to buy them," Venditti said.

The shortage of skilled workers is part of a national problem that is occurring in the health care industry, says Jessica Crawford, president of MedTech, an organization focused on expanding New York's biomedical industry.

"The challenges here aren't unique," Crawford said.

The health care industry is the largest source of private-sector jobs in the 11-county region.

Concerns over the need to attract more skilled employees to work at hospitals, research centers and medical device manufacturing companies was one of the primary themes of the Albany Business Review's Power Breakfast event Friday at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.

More than 250 business leaders, health care officials and educators attended the panel discussion. DeVivo, Venditti and Crawford participated on the panel along with Angela Dominelli, dean of the School of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


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