April 4, 2020
WATERTOWN, S.D.–Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is committed to supporting our staff while we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our people make the difference at PLHS, we are committed to taking care of employees now and into the future,” said Jim Redlinger, PLHS Board of Directors’ Chair.
During these challenging times, PLHS has enacted a plan to achieve that vision called “Prairie Lakes Cares Plan”, which will ensure income stability, guarantee the accrual of employee benefits, protect staff with COVID-19 exposures, and safeguard organization needs through the pandemic event.
PLHS will redeploy staff with reduced hours and those who cannot be redeployed will be able to access the Prairie Lakes Cares Plan, which will have an allocated numbers of hours for staff to access in these situations.
“This pandemic is unique and recognizing staff during these challenging times is a top priority,” said K.C. DeBoer, PLHS’s President and CEO. “We want staff to know that we will care for them like family. If we are to emerge stronger and more resilient to meet our community’s healthcare challenges, we recognize that this cannot happen without supporting all of our staff during these trying times.”
According to DeBoer, “I commend the Board of Directors in their visionary leadership in supporting our staff. They recognize our health care providers are demonstrating tremendous commitment to patients’ health. We are so grateful to our entire team for their dedication during these extraordinary circumstances.”