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Onward Healthcare Announces Recertification by The Joint Commission
Date:8/19/2008

The nation's fastest growing travel nursing company maintains the Gold Seal

of Approval(TM) for healthcare staffing services

WILTON, Conn., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Onward Healthcare (http://www.onwardhealthcare.com) is pleased to announce that it has earned recertification for the Gold Seal of Approval(TM) for healthcare staffing services by The Joint Commission. The Gold Seal acknowledges compliance with The Joint Commission's national set of consensus-based quality standards and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in providing healthcare staffing.

Over the past decade, the ongoing shortages of nurses and allied health care professionals have forced healthcare organizations to increasingly fill positions with temporary workers through contractual arrangements with travel nursing and related 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.

The Joint Commission recently completed an unannounced, on-site review of Onward Healthcare and its compliance with their organization and quality management standards. These standards address how a healthcare staffing firm determines the qualifications and competencies of their staff, recruits and retains healthcare professionals, enacts emergency management procedures, and supports their healthcare clients by managing a comprehensive quality management process.

"The Joint Commission's external review of our operations validates our ongoing commitment to our clients, as well as our thousands of healthcare professionals across the country," stated Kevin Clark, CEO and founder of Onward Healthcare. "The Gold Seal demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of patient care, which we have achieved through innovative practice changes designed to raise the bar in
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