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Henry Ford Health System to add Filipino nurses to fill shortages, CEO says

By The Detroit News  
   September 22, 2021

Amid staffing shortages as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip Michigan, Henry Ford Health System plans to add nurses from overseas, its president and CEO said Tuesday.

"We are working on a large swath of folks coming in the first quarter of next year to be able to provide service by summer, hopefully, once we get through the training and immigration process," Wright Lassiter III told a panel during the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Afterward, Lassiter said the new nurses would come primarily from the Republic of the Philippines, where proficiency in the English language is high and nursing standards are similar to those in the United States. While he could not put a precise number on those targeted, Lassiter said he expected it to be in the low hundreds.

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