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Recruiting secret: Hospital offers convenient housing for its employees

Having trouble recruiting hospital staff? This might be your solution…

One Orlando hospital sold part of their land to a local developer to build convenient, nearby housing for hospital staff. The building developer agreed to offer hospital employees a three-month preferred lease option before the apartments are made available to the public. Even when the apartments are all rented, hospital employees will be bumped to the top of the waiting list.

The convenience, safety and affordability of the housing are very appealing reasons for healthcare travelers to work for this facility. The Florida hospital views this as a prized asset, especially when recruiting from out of state.

Currently, traveling staff are forced to live in the suburbs due to unaffordable rent costs. Employees living in these areas spend an average of 45 minutes in Orlando’s traffic to and from work. However, living in the new residences will only require a 5 minute walk commute. Upon proposal of the project, the hospital requested that 80% of the apartments would be affordable for families earning between 40,000 and $70,000.

The apartment complex is just the beginning to the campus’s Health Village concept, which will include shops, restaurants, a swimming pool, fitness facility, garage parking and even electric cars that can be rented by the hour. A rail commuter station will also be built near the hospital for easy access to downtown Orlando. Source: Health Leaders Media.

Do you think inconvenient housing is a deterrent for many healthcare professionals?