Medical Staffing Contracts to Address Personnel Shortages Due to COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is releasing additional information regarding medical staffing contracts to assist hospitals in staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical personnel began arriving at hospitals Tuesday, August 24, 2021. To date, MEMA has fulfilled 81% of staffing requests for hospitals. We continue to work with identifying vendors who can meet hospitals’ staffing needs. The weekly cost for this personnel is roughly $11,000,000. FEMA obligated the state of Mississippi $123,094,216.39, which is 50% of the expedited request for medical staffing reimbursement.

Medical staffing personnel working in Mississippi hospitals as of September 9, 2021:

  • Physicians: 9
  • Med Surge Nurses: 313
  • Telemetry Nurses: 83
  • ICU Nurses: 237
  • ER Nurses: 45
  • Nurse Practitioner/CRNA: 8
  • LPN: 11
  • Respiratory Therapists: 203
  • Medics: 14

TOTAL: 923

“Vendors must certify that all personnel are not currently working at a Mississippi hospital or recently resigned from a Mississippi hospital after the date the “request for quote” was issued on August 12, 2021,” says Executive Director Stephen McCraney.

The number of personnel can vary daily depending on hospital requests, cancellations, vendor changes and completed deployments.

An attachment to this news release provides a breakdown of hospitals and contracted personnel.

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A complete breakdown of hospitals and contracted personnel can be found here.