Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing (HCC) has been recognized as a leader throughout the US Mid-Atlantic states over the past three decades in regards to pharmacy staffing, recruitment and placement services, known as a “full service” pharmacy staffing company since opening in 1989. With more than thirty-three+ years in pharmacy staffing, HCC is acknowledged nationally for our ability to correctly match the best potential job candidates to the right jobs or employment opportunities, plus meet the exact needs of the potential employer/business owner! We accomplish this by utilizing our own proprietary in-house candidate database system that we’ve developed over these past three decades, and that no other company in the staffing industry has access to or can match. This system, plus our talented and experienced in-house staff of experts, allows us to match a pharmacist’s skill sets, experience and other considerations, such as geographical considerations and lifestyle, with whatever the employer requires.
What Comprises The US Mid-Atlantic States?
The Middle Atlantic states, or known more commonly when shortened to the Mid-Atlantic states, is the region of the United States located along the East Coast between the Northeastern and Southeastern States. This region of the US Northeast typically includes Delaware, the District of Columbia (Washington DC), Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. It’s important to note that many people include the State of Connecticut in the Mid-Atlantic region, as its climate is closer to that of the other Mid-Atlantic states than to the rest of the states in New England.
The Mid-Atlantic states have always played an important role in the development of American culture, commerce and industry throughout our nation’s history. Settled primarily by European immigrants from England (both Catholics and Quakers), the Netherlands, and Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, the Middle Atlantic region has always been a relatively affluent region of the nation, having forty-three (43) of the top one-hundred (100) highest-income counties in the entire nation located within it.
The American Mid-Atlantic Region is comprised by several of the largest cities and metropolitan areas in the entire country. The Top Ten largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic Region by population according to the United States Census Bureau’s City 2020 Census are:
1.) New York, NY 8,804,190
2.) Philadelphia, PA 1,603,797
3.) Washington, D.C. 689,545
4.) Baltimore, MD 585,708
5.) Virginia Beach, VA 459,470
6.) Newark, NJ 311,549
7.) Pittsburgh, PA 302,971
8.) Jersey City, NJ 292,449
9.) Buffalo, NY 278,349
10.) Chesapeake, VA 249,422
Pharmacist and Technician Staffing Shortages in the US Mid-Atlantic States
Without question the US Mid Atlantic states became the initial “epicenter” for the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. While residents of other Middle Atlantic states such as Delaware, the District of Columbia (Washington DC), Maryland, and Pennsylvania clearly suffered, few can forget the near pandemonium of the media coverage, along with the graphic illness and deaths that swept quickly through New Your City and Northern New Jersey! The remembrance of not being allowed to enter a pharmacy and then waiting outside for hours to get your prescriptions seems like the distant past to many of us.
This is not so with many of the residents of these Eastern States who were initially hit the hardest by the pandemic, like New York and New Jersey. Everyone still remembers how inconvenient the shortages of necessary commodities such as toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer were at the beginning of the pandemic, but a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy techs is currently still having disastrous effects on these states’ healthcare systems.
Retail community pharmacists and their pharmacy co-workers have all been working long extended hours under unbelievable stressful conditions and, as everyone knows, pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare workers available to the general public. This led to what’s been termed “Pharmacist Burnout”, and also applies to the pharmacy technicians. Many could simply not deal with the change (or quickly got ill themselves), which resulted in so much stress that a significant number switched to hospital or clinical positions, or simply left the profession they were educated in and had practiced for their entire professional lives. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)’s 2021 economic health report this “exodus” from independent retail community pharmacies resulted in:
• Over two-thirds (68%) of all independent community pharmacies nationwide reported having a difficult time filling open pharmacist positions.
• A staggering 88% of independent pharmacies reported that pharmacy technicians are the most difficult positions to fill.
These staffing shortages that had never before been seen in either NY and/or NJ have resulted in:
1. Reduced operating hours of community pharmacies (keeping in mind that a Registered Pharmacist must be physically present for a pharmacy to be open to both fill and dispense prescription medications).
2. Reduced revenue for the independent community pharmacies (with numerous patients leaving and opting for the convenience of mail-order prescription refills). The NCPA’s survey also revealed that over 41% of all independent community pharmacy owners stated that the current overall financial health of their business is somewhat poor or very poor.
3. Increased incentive pay to pharmacy staff that obviously also results in decreased profitability for the pharmacy owner(s). One must keep in mind that the rising costs cannot just be passed on to the patients because many of the reimbursements and fees are controlled by PBMs.
4. Greatly increased prescription dispensing waiting times for patients.
5. The turning away of patients seeking immunizations.
About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing
If you are a pharmacy requiring temporary or permanent pharmacy staffing help anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic United States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Delaware and Maryland, then HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help you! We have a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist or technician to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy area. We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations.
Temporary & Relief Pharmacy Staffing Services
Once again, with over thirty years of experience, HCC is nationally renowned for being a “full service” pharmacy staffing agency. Many times a pharmacy owner or manager is in immediate need of a temporary pharmacist to fill in coverage and shifts at their business or drugstore. This sometimes may be a planned absence of an employee, such as time off for a vacation or a wedding as examples. Yet more often than not, it is more of an “emergency” situation, such as an unexpected illness, leave of absence, or perhaps simply an employee quitting unexpectedly and without any warning.
HCC specializes in providing pharmacy staffing and relief pharmacists anywhere in the US Mid-Atlantic region, including the more populous states such as New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Whatever your requirements and needs may be pertaining to getting pharmacist relief, our automated matching and scheduling services allow us to quickly recruit, screen and locate the perfect pharmacist with the perfect capabilities to meet your every need – guaranteed.
Emergency Pharmacist Staffing
Every pharmacy owner has faced an emergency situation where the only solutions were to either find an emergency pharmacist to quickly fill their need or to shut their pharmacy’s doors. Emergencies such as an illness, death of a loved one, accidents or severe weather preventing an employee’s return happen much more frequently than most think or expect. In such situations, finding an emergency relief pharmacist who is licensed, experienced and professional becomes a task that can seem impossible to accomplish. This is especially relevant these days due to the shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy personnel being seen across the entire nation.
Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We maintain one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable personnel in or around your local area. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, here at HCC your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Specialty Pharmacist Staffing
Whatever special needs a pharmacy may be searching for, HCC can help. Our pharmacy staffing services will suit your specialty pharmacist needs throughout US Mid-Atlantic States, including all major metropolitan areas such as Baltimore, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Newark, Pittsburgh as examples. We cover all job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies, and offer solutions for almost every type of pharmacist you may require:
– Compounding pharmacy (both sterile and non-sterile)
– Nursing Home & Long Term Care pharmacy
– Institutional (prisons and jails) pharmacy
– Hospice pharmacy
– Mail-order pharmacy
– Home health pharmacy
– Respiratory pharmacy
– IV pharmacy
– Nuclear pharmacy
– Home infusion pharmacy
Pharmacy Technician Staffing
At HCC we also place licensed and certified, highly trained Pharmacy Technicians throughout the US Mid-Atlantic region. Our large technician database allows us to place the right experienced and trained pharmacy technician to suit your needs throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, including the Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Beach metropolitan areas. Our Pharmacy Technician Staffing Department offers you trained professionals with the premium skill levels and experience needed to help you best serve your patients and customers.
Our experienced in-house pharmacy consultants have placed thousands of pharmacy technicians throughout the nation and are able to find you the right technician based on your pharmacy’s individual needs and the skill-sets required for the job position.
Also, keep in mind that while specializing in pharmacy jobs, staffing and placement services for over three decades now, HCC can additionally help you with all of your pharmacy needs. HCC is recognized as a national leader as a Pharmacy Consulting Firm and a sample of some of our additional services include:
- Pharmacy Performance Assessments
- Regulatory Compliance Audits, Gap Analysis and Corrective Action Planning
- Strategic Pharmacy Business Planning
- Pharmacy Performance and Efficiency Enhancements
- Custom Policy and Procedure Development
- Compliance Review
- Licensing Services for all 50 states for application processes
- Experienced Pharmacy Consultants with specialties in every area and niche of Pharmacy for those special projects or opportunities (including Non-sterile (795) and Sterile (797) Compounding)
- Assisting both buyers and sellers on how best to fix, prepare, or position their pharmacy to best maximize its value
We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation.