SOURCE: BidShift

December 04, 2006 09:00 ET

Eleven VHA Georgia Hospitals Launch BidShift® Flexible Workforce Management Technology

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- San Diego-based BidShift, the leading provider of web-based flexible workforce management technology for healthcare providers, has implemented its program at eleven more VHA Georgia hospitals to provide an automated approach for filling open shifts, empowering employees, and achieving effective staffing. VHA Georgia hospitals that recently launched include Gwinnett Health System (Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth, and Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Women's Pavilion, Gwinnett Extended Care Center, and Summit Ridge in Lawrenceville), Floyd Medical Center in Rome, The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Northeast Georgia Health System (Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Lanier Park Hospital) in Gainesville, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, and Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus.

BidShift provides a framework for optimizing the existing workforce through a collaborative employee-driven approach to meet staffing needs. The web-based program transforms what traditionally has been a time- and labor-intensive manual process and reduces reliance on expensive contract labor by offering the organization's own staff the opportunity to fill vacant shifts. The BidShift program is recommended to VHA Georgia member hospitals to help attract and retain qualified staff and deliver cost-effective, quality patient care.

"BidShift will help us reduce use of premium labor and decrease the administrative time spent by nurse managers on open shift scheduling," stated Susan Chambers, chief nurse executive at Gwinnett Medical Center. "A key benefit of the BidShift program is that it can be deployed to virtually any department seeking to fairly distribute shift opportunities among employees. We are also using BidShift to increase visibility of shift openings in the patient access and imaging departments, and believe the program will substantially increase our ability to fill shift openings and reduce labor costs across a variety of settings and across multiple campuses."

Employees can use the technology to log on from anywhere there is Internet access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to identify available shifts and make online requests for shifts that match their experience and lifestyle interests.

"The BidShift system has provided MCCG with a win-win opportunity," stated Barb Stickel, senior vice president of patient care at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. "We are able to fill critical scheduling needs throughout patient care services while providing our nursing staff with easy access to available shifts."

With these new implementations, BidShift's flexible workforce management technology is currently being used successfully by a total of fifteen VHA Georgia hospitals including Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia, Columbus Regional Healthcare System of Columbus, Georgia, and Houston Healthcare of Warner Robbins, Georgia.

VHA Georgia's hospitals join a distinguished group of leading hospitals and health systems using BidShift to create an effective staffing practice environment including Sutter Health, Sharp Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, and the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

About VHA

VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national health care alliance that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. With 18 offices across the U.S., including VHA Georgia, VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 2,400 health care organizations nationwide.

About BidShift

BidShift is a flexible workforce management company providing healthcare organizations with the technology, strategy, and insight needed to develop effective staffing practices for the next-generation healthcare workforce environment. By aligning incentives and dynamically matching the organization's needs with workforce availability, BidShift positions organizations to retain and attract qualified staff, deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care, and cultivate a world-class workforce/working environment. To learn more, visit

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