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Increased Staffing Support for COVID-19

The need for licensed and credentialed healthcare clinicians is surging nationwide. COVID-19 is driving demand for more locum tenens physicians and nursing staff.

With states across the country scrambling to open more coronavirus (COVID-19) testing centers and to maintain adequate hospital staffing levels for increased inpatients, the need for licensed and credentialed healthcare clinicians is surging nationwide. COVID-19 is driving demand for more locum tenens physicians, nursing staff, and allied healthprofessionals to provide care and man testing centers to administer the COVID-19 test—a crucial component in the fight against this deadly contagion. 

Working with Healthcare Workforce Logistics (HWL) enables state health departments to quickly access and leverage the nation’s largest network of staffing agencies to ensure the right professionals are in place to test,  care for, and advise citizens during this critical period.  

As innovators of the leading vendor-neutral workforce solution, the HWL team has already answered the call to fulfill critical staffing needs in Georgia, New York, St. Maarten, and other cities across the globe.

HWL has been able to prove out the model in the state of Georgia and are working closely with the Department of Community Health (DCH) in Georgia to assist with COVID19 needs at Georgia-based healthcare delivery organizations. HWL can connect healthcare delivery organizations to their 100+ agency consortium within 24 hours.


HWL is deploying clinical staff during patient surges including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Registered nurses
  • Nursing staff

With expertise and leading-edge technology, HWL is uniquely positioned to assist states to quickly assess and fill various urgent staffing needs driven by increased demand for healthcare workers and shortages of core staff. Given the extremely contagious nature of COVID-19, healthcare organizations will experience increased vacancies as healthcare workers themselves become infected with the virus. Staff planning is essential and locum tenens and other interim healthcare professionals can fill that gap quickly.

“As we face the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re led to share our expertise and resources to be part of the solution. Aligning healthcare clinicians, and meeting patients when and where they need it, is central to our DNA. Our COVID-19 Rapid Response Program is designed to provide states across the country with rapid access to healthcare professionals who can administer the test and provide medical care to those most vulnerable and those fighting the virus.”

--Jonathan Ward, president of Healthcare Workforce Logistics


More About the COVID-19 Surge Staffing Program

The Surge Staffing Program was designed by HWL, a Jackson Healthcare company, specifically for the fight against COVID-19. Through our vendor-neutral model, healthcare delivery organizations can easily access locum tenens, nurses, and allied health professionals to quickly respond to surge staffing requirements.

We have an established group of more than 100+ healthcare staffing agencies contracted. In addition, we have the capability to provide executive, interim management, and project management resources to assist with getting any facility expansion or “pop up” hospital up and running. 


Leverage the Nation’s Largest Network of Staffing Agencies

The COVID-19 Surge Staffing Program is a free service to healthcare delivery organizations and is available nationwide. Just as the State of Georgia has put it into action, states across the country can benefit from the ability to staff their facilities with healthcare professionals in and around their areas. 

Learn more about the requirements to participate in this program and how HWL can manage the entire staffing process from order to invoice. Please contact us with any questions.

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April 23, 2020/By Jonathan Ward
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Author: Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward is President of Healthcare Workforce Logistics and has over two decades of experience in leading healthcare workforce solutions providers in healthcare. Prior to founding HWL he held numerous executive roles at Cross Country Healthcare, including Chief Strategy Officer and President of the company’s Nurse and Allied staffing division. During his tenure at Cross Country Staffing, Jonathan led the successful launch of the company’s agency-based workforce solutions business.
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