September 08, 2008 12:17 ET

Travel Healthcare Staffing Leaders Form NATHO

New Association Aims to Raise the Bar in Travel Healthcare Industry

MARINA DEL REY, CA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2008) - Business leaders in the travel healthcare staffing industry recently joined efforts to improve the quality of their industry by forming the National Association of Travel Healthcare Associations (NATHO).

NATHO is a non-profit organization that will serve primarily to educate the healthcare industry on the benefits of travel healthcare staffing, establish a set of best practices among travel healthcare companies and share resources among member organizations. The association will also handle conflicts by offering a dispute resolution process through an arbitration committee.

"Our industry has very unique concerns and issues that other staffing industries don't encounter," said Mark Stagen, CEO of Emerald Health Services and NATHO President. "We hope that by forming NATHO, our members will benefit from more effective industry communications and education and improved quality of our industry's services."

NATHO also aims to promote ethical business practices within the travel healthcare staffing industry among member agencies on behalf of travel healthcare candidates and clients.

"I'm thrilled to be apart of this collaborative effort among leading travel healthcare staffing companies to develop NATHO," said Scott Beck, COO of CHG Healthcare Services. "We're excited to invite the rest of the industry to join us in further professionalizing the industry, through the sharing ideas and standardization of best practices."

Founding member companies include AMN Healthcare Services, Clinical One, CHG Healthcare Services, Cross Country Healthcare, Emerald Health Services, Nursefinders and On Assignment.

More about NATHO...

NATHO is a non-profit association of travel healthcare organizations created to promote ethical business practices in the travel healthcare industry. Member agencies work together on behalf of travel healthcare candidates and clients to set industry standards for professional conduct. NATHO is committed to providing education focused on the exchange of ideas about industry standards and changes in the travel healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit