Pharmerica has partnered with McKnight’s for a 12-part, monthly podcast series coming this January! Keep an eye out for the first segment on January 27.

Episode 1: A Spoonful of Sugar – Empty Bed Syndrome: The Impact of Staffing Shortages

When admissions from hospitals and the community plummeted during COVID-19, occupancy crashed. Despite some gains in 2021, occupancy stood at 75% in September. A return to pre-pandemic rates is still far off, but the virus is no longer the only culprit. Projected financial losses are leading to staff cuts in settings already plagued by vaccine mandates and retention challenges. And fewer workers mean fewer beds. That’s because the loss of direct care workers reduces the number of residents a facility can safely admit without having quality levels suffer. In fact nearly 60% of nursing homes are limiting new admissions due to shortages.

This episode explores how skilled nursing facilities can leverage their partners and vendors to offset these challenges with innovative solutions that can drive better care and outcomes.  


  • TJ Griffin, SVP/LTC Operations & Chief Pharmacy Officer, PharMerica
  • John O’Conner, Vice President, Associate Publisher/Editorial Director, McKnight’s

Guest Spotlight: 

  • Sherrie Dornberger, Executive Director, NADONA