VHA names Jackson Healthcare as Preferred Physician Staffing Vendor

VHA NAMES JACKSON HEALTHCARE AS PREFERRED PHYSICIAN STAFFING VENDOR

Alpharetta, GA-Nov. 19, 2009-Jackson Healthcare® is pleased to announce its agreement with VHA Inc., the national healthcare network, to deliver multispecialty physicians for locum tenens (temporary substitute) assignments and permanent physician placement.

Through two Jackson Healthcare-owned companies, Jackson & Coker and LocumTenens.com, VHA's member hospitals will have access to hundreds of thousands of physicians in every major medical and surgical specialty. Jackson & Coker, providing locum tenens and permanent physician placement, offers a broad range of physician specialties, while LocumTenens.com focuses on the niche specialties in critical hard-to-fill areas.  These two companies will work with VHA to improve the clinical and economic performance of community hospitals across the U.S.

With more than 30 years of experience providing clinical solutions, Jackson Healthcare's combined approach will broaden VHA's portfolio of services to create valuable products and benefits for their members.  In addition to exclusive discounted pricing, VHA members will also have free access to special programs and subscriptions.

For Jackson Healthcare, this agreement will provide support and recommended access to additional VHA members to further service fulfillment, encourage collaboration, share best practices, as well as provide Jackson Healthcare's physicians with expanded locum tenens and permanent opportunities.

"The VHA collaboration is exciting because our company's goals and culture closely align with those of VHA and its members," said Rick Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer of Jackson Healthcare. "While helping VHA hospitals better serve their patients through increased access to quality physicians, I am confident we can deliver the standards of quality and customer service VHA members have come to expect."

 

ABOUT JACKSON HEALTHCARE-Founded by healthcare innovator Richard L. Jackson, Jackson Healthcare addresses the two largest challenges facing healthcare today: finding the right people and delivering the right information at the right time. The Jackson family of companies provides clinician staffing, anesthesia management, hospital management and healthcare information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes, as well as increase operational efficiency.  Jackson serves more than three million patients in nearly one thousand hospitals each year. With a 43 percent compound annual growth rate in revenue between 2005 and 2008, Jackson was named among the "Fastest Growing Private Companies" by Inc. 5000.  In addition, Jackson has been recognized as one of the "Largest and Fastest Growing Staffing Companies," in the country by Staffing Industry Analysts and "One of Atlanta's Best Places to Work" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  The Jackson family of companies includes: AdvancedPractice.com, Jackson & CokerJackson Hospital AffiliatesJackson Surgical Assistants, Jackson Therapy Partners, LocumTenens.comParker HealthcareITPatient Placement SystemsPremier AnesthesiaStatCom, and Travel Nurse Solutions.  Visit www.jacksonhealthcare.com.

About VHA VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Formed in 1977, through its 17 regional offices, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 24,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA was ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 7th best place to work in health care in 2009.