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Oakwood Healthcare System Chooses ShiftWise to Manage Staff
Oakwood Healthcare System Uses ShiftWise to Manage Internal Staff and Suppliers
ShiftWise, the nation's leading provider of online healthcare staffing
management services, today announced that Oakwood Healthcare System is
using the ShiftWise service to centrally manage its internal
supplemental contingency pool as well as their external staffing
agencies. Staffing approximately 5,000 hours per week at all four of
Oakwood's acute care hospitals and 38 ambulatory facilities is now
centralized with the ShiftWise service.
Oakwood Healthcare System serves 35 communities in the Detroit area and
a total of one million patients. To fulfill its mission of providing
quality healthcare for patients, Oakwood selected ShiftWise to
streamline staffing procedures in order to effectively manage
contingent workers as well as many of its 9,800 internal employees.
Before using the ShiftWise service, the majority of staff was procured
from agencies. Today, more hours are booked with ShiftWise than from
all 20 agencies Oakwood uses, combined.
ShiftWise has also enabled Oakwood to better leverage its internal
staff resource pool to fill available shifts. By providing its staff
nurses with the ability to book shifts online before turning to
staffing agencies, Oakwood has experienced a dramatic decrease in
agency use, which saved the organization $1.2 million in 2006 alone.
"As our supplemental staffing needs consistently grew, Oakwood
recognized that there had to be a better way to unite the disjointed
staffing processes at all of our facilities," said Barbara Medvec,
chief nursing officer for Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. "After a thorough
investigation of different solutions, we chose the ShiftWise service
because of the unmatched flexibility it provided. In addition to
effectively managing internal and external pools and closely tracking
how staff is allocated and utilized, we are impressed by the ease of
communication between finance, accounts payable, agencies and hospitals
that the system offers."
"Oakwood is a leading healthcare system that puts priority on staffing
in order to best serve the patient community," said Jason Lander, vice
president of business development at ShiftWise. "We hope the service
continues to be useful for them in saving time and money so hospital
staff can shift focus completely to delivering the exceptional patient
care for which they are known instead of wasting time with faxes, calls
The ShiftWise service is an alternative solution to costly, complicated
processes often in use for supplemental medical staffing. The intuitive
Web-based interface lets users fill supplemental medical shifts easily
and efficiently, while allowing hospitals to consolidate staff search,
booking, billing and record-keeping.
Oakwood Healthcare System is a comprehensive regional network of
hospitals, healthcare centers, skilled nursing centers and related
healthcare facilities. Oakwood has a medical staff of more than 1,200
doctors, and provides service to more than 1.2 million people in 35
southeastern Michigan communities.
Oakwood's specialty services include women's and children's health
(including high-risk obstetrics and neonatal care), geriatrics,
emergency care, cancer care, surgery, cardiology and other specialties.
Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center was recently named one of the top
100 cardiology programs in the nation for the seventh time in eight
years. Oakwood is affiliated with the schools of medicine at Wayne
State University and the University of Michigan and is a member of the
University of Michigan Cancer Center Network. With more than 9,000
associates, Oakwood is the second largest employer in suburban Wayne
Founded by healthcare staffing professionals, ShiftWise delivers a more
efficient way for hospitals and other healthcare providers to quickly
and efficiently find and book supplemental healthcare workers. The
Web-based ShiftWise service provides hospitals with an unprecedented
level of control over their staffing processes, consolidating staff
search, booking, billing and record-keeping into a single easy-to-use
interface. Based in Portland, OR., ShiftWise provides automated
staffing management technology to hundreds of healthcare organizations
and multiple state hospital associations nationwide. To learn more
about ShiftWise call 866-399-2220.