When searching for a job in the medical field, doctors might not have
North Dakota at the top of their list. But Bismarck hospitals have
been competitive when it comes to salaries and doctor retention. Through
very creative strategies, Bismarck hospitals are staying ahead of the
rest of the country when it comes to hiring and keeping doctors.
no secret that physicians make a pretty good living. But just how good
depends on where they live, and the type of work they do.
website Medscape says, doctors' earnings ranged from about $156,000 a
year for pediatricians to about $315,000 for radiologists and orthopedic
surgeons last year. And while physician recruiters wouldn't share
exact numbers, they say here in Bismarck, they're paying way above that.
"We offer a living allowance. We offer, if they're still in
training, a stipend. We will pay them so much a month if they will agree
to sign a contract with us in advance of their finishing their
training. And, for some that we really need, we offer, up to a certain
point, loan repayment," says Dr. Kent Martin, Sanford Health.
recruiters from St. Alexius and Sanford say last year, hospitals
managed to retain 96 to 98 percent of their physicians by staying
involved with them.
Dr. Marshal Jones has worked in California
and Arizona, but three years ago, he and his family were looking for a
change, and when he saw what hospitals in North Dakota had to offer, he
says he jumped at the opportunity.
"One thing that stood out for
me was the people that I interact with, and the physicians that are
here. I was just surprised and thought this was a great opportunity,"
Recruiters also say it's not only about hiring the doctor, it's about attracting the doctor's spouse as well.
they're raising a family, it's making sure that the daycare and the
things they need to do as a family are available to them, as well as
making sure they have people that they can get to know that they can
relate to in the community," says physician recruiter Randy George, St.
Alexius Medical Center.
It's all about competition, and it's
pretty obvious that Bismarck hospitals are leading the pack when it
comes to keeping doctors happy.
Recruiters also say they've seen an influx of nurses who are looking for jobs in the area.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.