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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Allocations for Frontline Hospital Worker Retention Plan

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly

Governor Laura Kelly has released the total allocation amounts for each hospital participating in the Frontline Hospital Workers Retention Plan.

"This $50 million will help us retain and attract more frontline hospital workers as we continue to fight this virus," said Governor Laura Kelly. "For over 18 months, our health care workers have risked their lives every day to protect Kansans from COVID-19 - it's our responsibility to make sure they have the support they need to continue. In the meantime, I encourage all Kansans to do their part to beat this virus by getting vaccinated immediately."

As proposed by the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Executive Committee, hospitals will receive an allocation based on the number of licensed, acute and intensive care unit beds in each facility. The full list of allocations can be found here.

Russell Regional Hospital is eligible to receive $99,493.49.

In September, the SPARK Executive Committee approved $50 million in available funding for eligible hospital workers. Qualified facilities may use the funding for either premium pay as defined in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) or for funding a custom program designed by the facility to improve the retention of nursing resources and support personnel.  

To receive the allocation, hospitals must submit a completed application by October 29, 2021. Awards will be made on a rolling basis following application review.

For more information on the Frontline Hospital Worker Retention Plan, the SPARK committee or about the Office of Recovery, please visit https://covid.ks.gov.

(Information courtesy Office of the Governor.)