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Workforce Grows at USC Hospitals

Workforce Grows at USC Hospitals
USC University Hospital, above, and USC Norris Cancer Hospital are seeking employees for more than 400 positions.

Despite bleak employment figures across the United States, USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital are experiencing a substantial hiring boom, with more growth projected for the future.

Nearly 500 employees have been hired at USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital since the hospitals were acquired on April 1, 2009. Almost half of the new hires are nurses. The combined hospital total of full-time equivalent employees is now 2,207, with a 92 percent retention rate, and more hiring on the horizon.

“In the last 10 months, we have seen significant growth in our patient admissions and overall business,” said chief human resources officer Matt McElrath. “That means our workforce needs to expand in order to accommodate the growing demand for services at our facilities. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality hospital personnel in all departments so we can do what we do best – ‘Fight On’ for the care of our patients.”

USC hospitals currently have 424 open positions. Over the next year, the USC hospitals are projected to experience a 5 to 10 percent workforce increase.

“As we continue to add more units and more specialties, we anticipate our hiring figures will increase as well,” said John Odom, hospital recruitment manager in human resources. “We look forward to welcoming the best and brightest recruits to the Trojan Family.”

The human resources department recently expanded an employee referral program to the entire university, offering cash incentives to current employees who successfully refer applicants for qualifying positions. Eligible referring employees must not have supervisory responsibilities or work within human resources or personnel services departments, Odom said.

For more information, visit www.usc.edu and click on “jobs.”

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