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How to Staff a Pandemic Surge Hospital in Less Than a Month
Sep 07, 2020

In March 2020, like most states, Maryland was preparing for a surge in patient hospitalizations due to the looming COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) needed to temporarily expand acute care patient beds in order to treat COVID-19 patients at UM Laurel Medical Center, a hospital about 40 minutes north of Washington, DC.

 

Maxim Healthcare Staffing was proud to partner with UMMS to quickly provide staffing so the hospital would be ready to take care of patients as soon as possible. 

 

A Special Challenge

Jobs that needed filling included more than 150 nurse roles, plus dozens of respiratory therapists, radiology techs, therapists, lab and pharmacy professionals, and more.

 

The pandemic presented unique staffin­­­­g challenges. Maxim needed to identify candidates willing to accept the risk associated with this assignment and willing to travel during this unprecedented time. Maxim worked together with UMMS on putting in place preventive measures. It was important to assure candidates that their safety was the top priority.

 

Maxim recruiters worked around the clock to attract, credential and hire the most qualified candidates. Maxim team members coordinated tools for success, including timekeepi­­­­ng processes and safety protocols.


  1. Friday, March 27, 4:30 pm: Maxim got working to fill the staffing needs for UMMS. Maxim recruiters across the country worked all weekend.
  2. Monday, March 30, 9:00 am: Recruiters had submitted more than 400 qualified candidates.
  3. Tuesday, April 7: Approximately 120 positions were filled and employees started work.
  4. Tuesday, April 14: Another 120 employees started work.
  5. Monday, April 20: Another 100 employees started work and the hospital opened its doors to patients.

 

Altogether, Maxim filled 320 positions and provided a complete workforce so that the hospital could open its doors to patients on April 20.

 

Connecting Communities to Care

“It has been a pleasure to partner with UMMS on this project. Everyone has been just great to work with,” said Eric Perlozzo, business development manager at Maxim’s Towson office, who served as the nursing program manager for this assignment. “Any time we are able to play a part in serving our communities, I would consider that a success.” 

 

Maxim was able to connect healthcare workers with jobs, and in turn connect patients with critically needed care in Prince George’s County, a region hit hard by COVID-19 during the last several months.

 

Learn how partnering with Maxim can help solve your staffing challenges for the pandemic and beyond.  

Maxim Healthcare Staffing

Since 1988 in response to a national nursing shortage, we have connected the nation’s top talent to a variety of healthcare partners. We specialize in creating meaningful career opportunities for medical professionals including nurses, allied health professionals, locum tenens, travel nurses, medical coders, and more. We are passionate about connecting people to the work they love while filling critical staffing needs so that patients don’t go without care.