BETHESDA, Md., June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) today announced it has renewed its preferred partnership agreement with Staff Care, a leading locum tenens firm that places doctors in all specialties and other healthcare professionals on a temporary basis with a variety of healthcare organizations. Staff Care, based in Dallas, is an AMN Healthcare company (NYSE: AHS).
NACHC first signed a locums preferred partnership agreement with Staff Care in 2006. The renewal enables Staff Care to further streamline and expedite the services it provides to NACHC affiliates, leading to quicker and broader access to care for health center patients. Staff Care will work directly with individual NACHC members to assist with locum physician placements in all medical specialties, including dentists, as well as allied healthcare professionals such as physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
"We are pleased to renew our preferred partnership with Staff Care," said Maurice Denis, NACHC's Membership & Marketing Associate Vice President. "Since first working with Staff Care in 2006, we've found that the firm is highly successful in placing locums in rural and underserved areas where our member facilities are located. Staff Care provides highly-qualified and cost-effective physician solutions to our members during this time of high patient demand. Health centers currently serve 20 million patients nationwide and dedicated primary care providers are critical to our mission," Denis added.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, it would take 16,643 additional practitioners to meet the need for primary care in health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) identified by the Department as of last September. The federal government also anticipates that the demand for primary care physicians will increase as much as 38% from 2000 to 2020. Staff Care is poised to help community health centers address this growing demand for services.
Tim Boes, President of Staff Care, said, "We are able to provide NACHC members access to our robust national network of physicians and expedite placement because of our preferred partnership. That means we can fill open positions faster with highly-skilled physicians to serve the needs of community health centers. We are excited to be a resource for NACHC and to assist its members with the vital services they are providing across the country," Boes added.
Founded in 1991, Staff Care is an industry leader in the placement of locums physicians. Executives with the company have authored three books on the physician profession, and the company is nationally known for its physician placement expertise.
Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America's medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation's network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve more than 20 million people at 8,000 sites located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. For more information, go to www.nachc.org.
About Staff Care
Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare company, matches physicians in all specialties and other healthcare professionals on a temporary basis with a variety of healthcare organizations, including hospitals, medical groups, occupational medical clinics, individual practitioners, networks, psychiatric facilities, government institutions and managed care entities. These interim contracts cover vacancies typically lasting from one week to one year. Learn more at www.staffcare.com.
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