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CCH to use CARES Act funding for employee retention bonuses

Campbell County Memorial Hospital

Campbell County Memorial Hospital (file photo)

Campbell County Health on Friday announced that it will use nearly $2.9 million in CARES Act funding to give full and part-time employees retention bonuses should they commit to a year of employment.

The last two years have taken an incredible toll on healthcare worker, CCH said in a Jan. 7 statement, adding that they have been the first and last line of defense in the battle against COVID-19.

With a new wave of COVID-19 cases expected in the coming weeks with the Omicron variant poised to sweep across the state, CCH leadership reportedly made the decision to show their appreciation for their staff members.

“Our employees are highly valued, critical members of both CCH and the community at large,” Interim CCH CEO Jerry Klein said in a statement. “The (Board of Trustees) and administration are saying that they matter, and their work keeps our community healthy. These retention bonuses are a small token of our appreciation for what they have done and continue to do for our patients and community.”

Employees will be asked to commit to employment for a period of one year and, should they agree, will receive a retention bonus of six percent of the mid-point of their salary range, which is roughly equivalent to 125 hours worked, per CCH.

The organization is currently hiring for both nonclinical positions and clinical positions; available positions can be viewed on the CCH website.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.