Reducing Labor Costs and Improving Nurse Retention through Evidence-based Strategies: AONE Presentation

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With workforce costs consuming more than half of hospital budgets, workforce optimization strategies that include accurate forecasting of patient volume up to 120 days in advance and automated scheduling can dramatically reduce cost overages, according to a presentation by Mercy and Avantas, an AMN Healthcare company, at the 2016 American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) conference. The presentation, titled Implementing an Effective Change Management Strategy to Optimize Your Workforce and Drive Savings, will be delivered April 2, 2016, at 9:15 am at the AONE 2016 Inspiring Leaders conference, which runs from March 30–April 2 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Avantas is a leading provider of labor management technology, services, and strategies for the healthcare industry. (PRNewsFoto/Avantas)

"Healthcare organizations face unprecedented challenges today, but many can be alleviated with the right mix of evidence-based workforce strategies, change management protocols, and tools to automate and provide transparency," said Jackie Larson, president of Avantas. "The presentation by Holly and Keith provides a glimpse into one leading health system's journey to develop a sustainable workforce management strategy."  

Mercy was facing workforce challenges that resulted in increased overtime, problematic shifts, uneven core staff distribution, stop-gap use of contingent staffing, and other costly scheduling and staffing complications. Mercy's facilities throughout Oklahoma partnered with Avantas in a three-year project to use workforce analytics and strategies that realigned staff for proper deployment, streamlined workforce processes, automated scheduling, and accurately predicted future staffing needs for precision workforce planning. The result has been costs savings, reduced vacancy rates and turnover, and quality improvements.  

Holly Holz, Director of Client Engagement and Optimization at Avantas, and Keith Minnis, Regional Vice President and Senior Human Resource Executive for Mercy in Oklahoma will be co-presenting at AONE.  Holz is responsible for the account management team and executing Avantas' strategy of helping clients continue to implement best practices and achieve success in their staffing and scheduling outcomes.  Minnis provides executive, administrative, operational, and strategic oversight for 15 Mercy hospitals and more than 70 clinics in Oklahoma.

About Avantas
Developers of the HELM® methodology (healthcare enterprise labor management), Avantas helps healthcare providers better manage their workforce. Its proprietary approach to managing labor consists of workforce planning services and a scheduling and productivity solution, Smart Square®. This comprehensive approach provides its clients with tailored best practice labor management strategies designed to drive substantial and sustaining cost and quality improvements across the enterprise through automation. Avantas is a division of AMN Healthcare. For more information, please visit the Avantas website at

About AMN Healthcare
AMN Healthcare is the leader and innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities across the nation. The Company provides unparalleled access to the most comprehensive network of quality healthcare professionals through its innovative recruitment strategies and breadth of career opportunities.  With insights and expertise, AMN Healthcare helps providers optimize their workforce to successfully reduce complexity, increase efficiency, and improve patient outcomes. AMN delivers managed services programs, healthcare executive search solutions, vendor management systems, recruitment process outsourcing, predictive modeling, and other consulting services. Clients include acute-care hospitals, community health centers and clinics, physician practice groups, retail and urgent care centers, home health facilities, and many other healthcare settings. For more information about AMN Healthcare, visit

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