As the number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) reaches nearly 55,000, Cross Country Healthcare remains diligent in our efforts to support our valuable clients and healthcare providers. “We continue to put forth resources and programs to help clients and providers during this time,” says Hank Drummond, Chief Clinical Officer at Cross Country Healthcare.
“From maintaining our hotline to encouraging philanthropic efforts from our local branches, we are hopeful these endeavors are proving valuable in the management of this pandemic.”
Here is an update on the various efforts we are undergoing. Clinical Hotline.
We continue to maintain a clinical hotline (800.998.5058) to answer any and all questions related to COVID-19 from our non-clinical staff, healthcare professionals and clients. To date, we have received and fielded more than 1,200 calls to the hotline.
Monitoring State Licensure Requirements
As the need for medical professionals grows during the COVID-19 crisis, many federal and state officials are temporarily waiving some license regulations, including suspending license expiration dates, waiving certain fees and lifting other requirements for clinicians to better fight the outbreak.
Cross Country Healthcare is monitoring these changes for our healthcare providers. To view federal and state license waivers, click here. To view the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet, click here.
In Touch with Local Boards of Nursing
Cross Country Healthcare is in ongoing communication with States’ Boards of Nursing. If a state of emergency is declared for states where you have facilities, we will collaborate to expedite temporary licensing for clinicians. Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center to learn more about how we can support your surge capacity needs after emergency declaration.
As we stand side by side with our clients and providers during this time, we are encouraging our local branch offices to support their communities in whatever means they can. For example, several of our locations recently donated approximately 20 boxes of surgical masks to nursing homes and hospitals that are desperate for masks in their community.
“We want to personally assure our customers and healthcare providers of our dedication to your safety, health and wellbeing,” says Drummond. “We take this responsibility very seriously and are steadfast in our efforts to keep you informed and in assisting facilities with surge staffing needs. Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Center to keep abreast of changing developments.”