AMN Announces Managed Services Agreement with Providence Health & Services

ARLINGTON, Texas and RENTON, Wash., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AHS), the nation's largest healthcare staffing and workforce solutions company, today announced that it has entered into a $20 million Managed Services Program (MSP) agreement with Providence Health & Services to oversee the fulfillment of Providence's supplemental nurse staffing needs in California.  

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Providence Health & Services operates five medical centers in Southern California, which represents the largest service territory for the Providence system.   The contract was signed in August and implementation efforts have been underway since then for an official launch during the month of November.  

"Providence has a long history of providing high quality, compassionate care, making our selection of a strategic staffing partner a very important decision," said Pam Stahl, R.N., M.S., Providence Regional Director, HR Operations and Occupational Safety, Health and Wellness.  "We selected AMN because of its extensive experience with Managed Services Programs."

"AMN's  commitment to quality patient care and a values-based culture mirrors our own, making the company  qualified to fill our staffing needs across all of our specialties, including acute-care, continued-care, home care and hospice," Stahl  said.

"Providence's California operations represent a large system, creating significant opportunities for leveraging buying power and best practices," according to Bob Livonius, President of AMN's Strategic Workforce Solutions.  "We are excited and honored to partner with the Providence leadership team. Our goal is to take supplemental staffing in California to new levels of continuous efficiency, effectiveness and quality," Livonius said.

As part of the agreement, AMN Healthcare will support Providence in its mission to deliver high continuity of quality care by providing appropriately skilled and credentialed local and travel nursing professionals. By incorporating its Single Source proprietary technology, the company will help Providence realize significant cost savings, standardize and streamline supplemental staffing processes, and capture compliance best practices.

To accomplish these goals, AMN employs the support of a clinical oversight team, proprietary automation and reporting technology, and experienced local and national healthcare recruiters. AMN will be the primary supplier of supplemental clinical staffing under the agreement, but also manages several  subcontractor agencies, to ensure that positions are reliably filled with consistent levels of quality.

About Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit health system committed to providing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of communities across five states, including Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon and California.  Providence continues the legacy of the Sisters of Providence and the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in the West spanning more than 150 years. It includes 27 hospitals, more than 35 non-acute facilities, physician clinics, a health plan, a liberal arts university, a high school, approximately 49,000 employees and numerous other health, housing and educational services. The system office is located in Renton. WA.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, CA, is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and workforce solutions.  As the leading provider of travel nurse, per diem (local) nurse, allied and locum tenens (temporary physician) staffing and physician permanent placement services, AMN Healthcare recruits and places healthcare professionals on assignments of variable lengths and in permanent positions with clients throughout the United States.  AMN Healthcare is also the nation's largest provider of healthcare managed services programs and recruitment process outsourcing solutions.   Settings staffed include acute-care hospitals, government facilities, community health centers and clinics, physician practice groups, and a host of other healthcare settings.  AMN Healthcare also provides home healthcare services in select regions.  For more information, visit http://www.amnhealthcare.com.

Contacts:

Don Cowan

Lynda Dawson


AMN Healthcare

Providence Health and Services


858.523.6622

425.525.3181


don.cowan@amnhealthcare.com

Lynda.Dawson@providence.org



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