(Austin – Aug. 18, 2017) Texas hospitals will begin to streamline the hiring process and reduces administrative time associated with supplemental staffing thanks to a new partnership between the Texas Hospital Association and South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) Solutions.

The partnership provides THA’s 474 member hospitals access to Healthcare Staffing Services, a nationally recognized supplemental staffing company that specializes in decreasing staffing costs developed by hospitals, for hospitals. Filling these roles has become costly as communities compete for skilled talent, but the HSS software and operations allow existing staffing agencies to compete for placements, reducing the overall cost of recruitment. At the same time, HSS eliminates permanent placement fees and provides contract terms that benefit the hospital rather than each agency.

“The THA endorsement represents the gold standard of review. A THA-endorsed company has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest possible value and supporting our hospitals in their work to decrease costs and improve efficiencies and quality of care,” said Ted Shaw, president/CEO of the Texas Hospital Association. “We are pleased to bestow the THA endorsement on the HSS team and their operations and look forward to a productive partnership.”

HSS is open to all THA members at no cost and offers a user-friendly, web-based software for posting, credentialing, timekeeping and invoicing. Every participant is able to tailor the program to their specific workforce needs. HSS is committed to quality, service and value.

HSS partners with more than 100 national, regional and local staffing agencies to provide access to qualified, credentialed healthcare professionals. The program’s streamlined processes and vendor-neutral approach brings increased performance standards and creates more opportunities to identify and select staff. All clinical staffing agency partners are certified by the Joint Commission. Healthcare Staffing Services provides:

  • One vendor-neutral contract
  • No hiring fees after one contract
  • All-inclusive competitive rates
  • No minimum assignment length
  • Regular vendor compliance reviews
  • Free web-based software to post jobs and recruit candidates
  • Access to clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Dedicated account manager

Hospital leaders who utilize the software and services partnership praise HSS for its responsiveness.

“Though we have been partners with the Healthcare Staffing Services for many years, we had managed to cover our needs independently for about the last eight years,” said Damon Mays, executive director of Staffing and Patient Flow, West Tennessee Healthcare. “Over the last year, our census consistently exceeded all of our forecasts, and staffing for this surge capacity became very difficult. They quickly helped us get started again by manually processing our needs and then helped us obtain new vendor management software which made this process even more efficient.”

Meeting hospital workforce needs for more than 15 years, HSS now works in 13 states as an endorsed partner through each state’s respective hospital association. THA’s endorsement follows a thorough due diligence analysis that establishes HSS as a key partner. THA’s for-profit subsidiary, HealthShare, markets the partnership to its member hospital human resource directors throughout the state.

Texas is a growing state, which puts ever-increasing demands on our hospitals and the health care professionals who sustain them. At the same time, competition for health care employees strains our facilities and carries significant transactional costs,” said Lance Lunsford, THA chief marketing/business development officer and HealthSHARE president/CEO. “Our partnership with HSS is rooted in THA’s commitment to identifying valuable partnerships that help our hospitals fulfill their missions to provide the best care in the most cost-effective ways possible.”



Lance Lunsford, vice president, strategic communications
Email: llunsford@tha.org
Twitter: @lancelunsford

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Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.