CHA News Article

Healthcare Laboratory Workforce Initiative Transitions to CHA

Originally spearheaded by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, the Healthcare Laboratory Workforce Initiative (HLWI) was created to develop innovative solutions to the laboratory workforce shortage. As laboratory science and technology have advanced rapidly in recent years, the regulatory challenges facing hospital laboratories have also been on the rise. Because of the increasing need for hospital statewide representation on clinical lab issues, including workforce shortages, the HLWI has transitioned from an advisory body housed within the Hospital Council to a standing statewide CHA committee. In addition, the HLWI has broadened its purview to include clinical issues that impact hospital laboratory efficiencies and practices, as well as patient care.

Members of HLWI include staff of the statewide and regional hospital associations, hospital laboratory directors, laboratory manufacturers, professional associations, government entities, the California community colleges and California State University laboratory science programs. As the transition unfolds, CHA will reach out more broadly to member hospitals and the Regional Associations with updates and information. More information can also be found on the CHA website.