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BidShift’s Staffing System Helps Hospitals Enjoy Healthy Savings

BidShift Inc. says three hospitals in Florida are expected to save a combined $1.32 million each year by using the company’s online shift manager instead of a contract agency.

Health First, a health system in Rockledge, Fla., launched the Web-based system six months ago and is using it at its three hospitals in the Sunshine State, according to Graham Barnes, chief executive officer at the privately held BidShift.

The flexible work force management program allows staff members at hospitals to view and request open shifts.

Hospitals pay about $30 per month, according to Barnes. A “minor” startup cost is also required, although he did not disclose that amount. Barnes says that contract lengths are two to three years, on average.

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Barnes would not disclose company revenues, but says that, for the first time since BidShift was founded in 2002, it will put 25 percent of revenues back into the company this year because of “significant growth.”

BidShift has 44 employees, about half of whom work in its Sorrento Valley headquarters.

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PPH To Use Grant For Work Force Academies:

Palomar Pomerado Health will funnel a $285,000 grant it received from the California Endowment into its health care academies in North County, the San Diego-based health system said March 20.

The money will be used to fund the salaries of guest teachers and academy staff, according to Brad Wiscons, executive director of Palomar Pomerado North County Health Development Inc., the arm of PPH that works to secure grants. It will also be used to help with the cost of supplies and equipment in the classroom.

The California Endowment, a private health foundation in Los Angeles, previously gave about $145,000 to Health Development’s six academies, which were developed to combat future work force shortages in health care.

Instead of bringing outside health care talent to San Diego County, the academies aim their programs at local students and adults, says Wiscons.

Called Go-Med, which stands for Grow Our Own Medical Employee Development, the program works with five North County high schools and one adult center to provide education about jobs in allied health. Allied health is used to identify health professions other than physicians and nurses , such as cardiovascular technicians and dental hygienists.

“You hear a lot about the nursing shortage,” Wiscons said. “But for allied health professionals, the shortage is right around the corner. We want locally grown folks in these careers.”

Two years ago, when the program started, PPH put in about $2.5 million to fuel the program. While the academies are in place to address work force shortages, they are also used to encourage diversity within the health care industry.

PPH, which operates the 319-bed Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and 107-bed Pomerado Hospital in Poway, is trying to increase the numbers of Hispanic workers, male nurses and staff members who understand the local senior community, according to Wiscons.


Send health care news to Jaimy Lee at

jlee@sdbj.com

. She may also be reached at (858) 277-6359, ext. 3107.

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