Medical Staffing Network Receives Joint Commission Corporate Certification
BOCA RATON, Fla. – (November 20, 2008) – Medical Staffing Network Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MRN) today announced the Company (MSN) has been awarded Health Care Staffing Services (HCSS) Certification from The Joint Commission. This is the third consecutive corporate-wide certification that MSN has earned since 2005, soon after The Joint Commission began reviewing healthcare staffing organizations and issuing its “Gold Seal of Approval" as a symbol of quality to those meeting the Commission’s performance standards.
“Joint Commission certification underscores our position as an industry leader," said Robert Adamson, MSN Chief Executive Officer and co-founder. “MSN, from its inception, established an ongoing commitment to quality. We pioneered the concept of universal quality standards for healthcare staffing agencies. Quality is a foundational component of our corporate culture and the cornerstone of every service we provide to our clients."
A stringent corporate review of MSN was conducted by The Joint Commission as an integral part of the HCSS certification process. This included unannounced virtual, as well as on-site, branch visits to Company offices nationwide to ensure that performance standards are incorporated at all times into the day-to-day operations of each of the Company’s three staffing divisions – per diem, travel and allied.
In its reviews, The Joint Commission considers four primary performance areas: Leadership, Human Resources Management, Performance Measurement and Improvement and Information Technology.
Pat Layton, RN, and MSN Executive Vice President of Quality Improvement, added, “As a Joint Commission certified staffing firm, MSN demonstrates an understanding of the compliance and commitment to continuous improvement that our clients must meet to provide safe, quality healthcare. This increases their confidence in our services, because they know that MSN is following best industry practices. I’m very proud of all of our offices as they have embraced our company mission to align ourselves with the best interests of our clients in providing quality patient care."
Layton serves as chairman of the MSN Governing Board of Professional Standards. This group of healthcare clinicians plays a pivotal role in the Company’s mission to focus on the quality of patient care and safety ahead of all other business considerations. “Our goal is to keep MSN on the leading edge of improving patient care by continuously refining hiring criteria, policies and processes," said Layton. “We ensure that our staff qualifications and competence meet or exceed Joint Commission and MSN standards for patient safety and quality of care."
The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest health care accrediting body. In addition to evaluating and accrediting more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, it developed the Health Care Staffing Services Certification program in 2003. The program was officially launched in October 2004, and Pat Layton is currently a member of the program’s advisory council.
Further information about Medical Staffing Network and its services is available at www.msnhealth.com or by calling 800-676-8326. About Medical Staffing Network Medical Staffing Network Holdings, Inc. is the third largest diversified healthcare staffing company in the United States as measured by revenues. The Company is the leading provider of per diem nurse staffing services and is also a leading provider of travel, allied health and vendor managed services.
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