Hudson said the hospital has been working with local schools to encourage young people to get into nursing programs.
"We are seeing the results of those efforts now in our orientations and new hires," Hudson said.
Also at the meeting, officials said if nothing changes, CAMC would no longer be part of Humana's network beginning next year.
Talks with Humana officials will continue, Ramsey said.
"We're always talking [with Humana officials]," Ramsey said the meeting. "I don't really want to go into specifics, but we're always hoping that things can be changed, improved.
"So, we'll continue to talk with them."
In a statement issued late Wednesday night, Humana regional spokesman Jeff Blunt said talks between the hospital and the insurance company broke down because CAMC wants to be the only area hospital in the company's network.
"CAMC made it clear their goal in negotiations with Medicare Advantage payers is to direct and steer volume to their facilities," Blunt said. "This is best achieved when they are the only participating hospital system in the network.
"It became clear in our conversations that Humana could not achieve its goal of preserving contractual relationships with both hospital systems in the Charleston area."
CAMC will continue to accept Public Employees Insurance Agency members for all services, Blunt said. The insurance company insurances PEIA under a different contract in which there's no difference in member cost between in network providers and out of network providers, Blunt said.
Humana is committed to continuing discussions with CAMC and hopes the hospital will reconsider its decision and remain in the company's network, Blunt said.
Ramsey was unsure how many patients would be affected by the change and how it would affect the hospital's bottom line.
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