DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A new hospital is nearing completion in the heart of Lackawanna County’s shopping district. But a nationwide nursing shortage is forcing hospital officials to take extra steps to fill all new jobs.
Construction is underway at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Dickson City Hospital. The new 100,000 square foot facility is expected to open in May and will create more than 250 jobs in the area.
“We are hiring like crazy of course. It takes a lot of people to run a hospital. Interviews, hires, initial orientation and training, planning everyone’s whole education and just ordering everything, building it. It’s just extremely exciting,” said Kim Jordan, president, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Dickson City.
Amid nationwide nursing shortages, the hospital hosted a hiring event Thursday at the University of Scranton. Dozens of nurses came to discuss job opportunities with staff members and even interview for on-site jobs.
“We are doing our best to recruit not just for our new facility in Dickson City, but across our organization and certainly in healthcare. Nursing is a great profession, but we need more people,” said President Kim Jordan.
Lehigh Valley Health Network employs many different workers, including in-demand nurses.
“The nurses worked long hours. In fact, everyone in health care, in different facilities in our region, works long hours, so this will certainly be useful and will benefit nurses who have been doing it for several years now, ”said Tiffany Dickson, care specialist to patients, Lehigh Valley Hospital -Dickson City
Lehigh Valley Health Network has nine hospital campuses in eastern Pennsylvania. The new hospital in Dickson City is the first in the Scranton area.
To learn more about job opportunities, visit the LVHN career website for more information.