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AMN Healthcare Announces Joint Commission Re-Certification
Date:7/16/2008

SAN DIEGO, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- AMN Healthcare announced today that it has been re-certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and continues to earn the Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(TM). For the first time, AMN's certification now includes its allied division: Med Travelers.

AMN was the first company in the United States to be certified under the Joint Commission's corporate certification, having initially earned the prestigious honor in 2005.

AMN recently underwent an on-site review of its compliance with national standards addressing how staffing firms determine the qualifications and competency of their staff, how they place their staff, and how they monitor staff's performance.

"We are pleased that the Joint Commission's review and evaluation has led to our re-certification," said Marcia Faller, RN, MSN, AMN's chief clinical officer & executive vice president, Operations. "This re-certification provides hospital clients and healthcare professionals across the nation with an even greater level of confidence that AMN Healthcare's processes meet rigorous requirements that are important for delivery of quality patient care."

"Health care organizations that contract with AMN can look to this certification as an assurance that AMN demonstrates a commitment to providing and continuously improving quality services," says Michele Sacco, M.S., executive director, Health Care Staffing Services Certification, Joint Commission.

The ongoing shortages of nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals have forced health care organizations to increasingly fill positions with temporary workers through contractual arrangements with staffing firms. The Joint Commission's certification program, launched in October 2004, offers an independent, comprehensive evaluation of a staffing firm's abilities to provide competent staffing services.

Company Summary

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the largest healthcare staffing company in the United States and the leading nationwide provider in all four of its business lines: travel nurse staffing, locum tenens staffing (temporary physician staffing), physician permanent placement services and allied staffing. AMN Healthcare recruits healthcare professionals both nationally and internationally and places them on variable lengths of assignments and in permanent positions at acute-care hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare settings throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.amnhealthcare.com.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at http://www.jointcommission.org.


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