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At AMN Healthcare, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) represents our commitment to economic and social development that will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our team members, local and global communities, and stakeholders at large, while advancing the quality of our company through engagement in the world around us. As a company steeped in our Core Values of passion, trust, respect, customer focus, continuous improvement, and innovation, we have always held our operations to high standards. Our CSR Report shares this commitment with all of our stakeholders.
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By Julie Fletcher, Chief Talent Officer, AMN Healthcare
As we start a new year, I am grateful to look back at the long-standing partnership between AMN Healthcare and the San Diego Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
AMN first got involved with the San Diego Make-A-Wish Foundation through the annual Walk for Wishes by organizing a walking group to raise awareness for the organization. What started as a team-building event with our HR department has now grown to include several departments within our San Diego offices as well as team members in Dallas and other locations. This past year we had our largest Walk for Wishes team to date with more than 400 walkers taking part in the San Diego event.
In 2015, AMN Healthcare partnered with the San Diego Make-a-Wish Foundation to mark our successful 30 years in healthcare and to grant the wish of a 10-year-old heart transplant patient. Caden and his family were thrilled when the team surprised him with a brand new backyard, including a play structure, trampoline, and tropical landscaping.
In addition to our support of the San Diego Make-a-Wish Foundation, our B.E. Smith team based in Lenexa, KS grants wishes for local families through their Make-a-Wish chapter.
In all of these moments, I’m reminded of how truly appreciative I am to work with colleagues who share a passion for helping others and a company that encourages community service.
My experience with the San Diego Make-a-Wish Foundation is truly an enjoyable one. I am inspired by the organization’s commitment to give families the opportunity to not think about disease for a moment and instead focus on something positive. In many instances, our work to grant wishes results in stories of healing, such as Caden’s recovery did. I became a board member in 2013 because it was and is an extraordinary opportunity to continue giving back to members of my community and to engage AMN in this work.
I’m extremely grateful to be associated with two organizations who support the higher cause of patient care. AMN team members have gone above and beyond to help put smiles on the faces of many Make-a-Wish families, and I know they will continue to volunteer in support of as many Wish Kids as they can. I look forward to helping the AMN Healthcare and Make-A-Wish partnership continue to grow.
On December 16, AMN team members and their families gathered at our San Diego headquarters for the 13th annual Toy Drive and Charity Breakfast. They enjoyed a delicious breakfast, photo with Santa, crafts, face painting, and balloon hats for the kids.
This year, over 400 individual toys were collected and delivered by team members to benefit the Community Resource Center and their Holiday Baskets Program!
In December 2017, The First String Healthcare in Irvine participated in the Adopt-A-Family program coordinated by S.O.S., a local Orange County organization that provides a host of health, social, and other services to those in need.
This program connected The First String to a family with four young children who are living with their grandparents after their parents left the area to find work. In hopes of helping support the family and bring joy during the holiday season, team members donated money and time to obtain memorable gifts for this deserving family. The gifts included gift cards for grocery stores so the family could have a full pantry for the holidays as well as a bicycle, toys, diapers, and other necessities for the children.
The following five charities, sponsored by various AMN team members, have been selected by the AMN Grant Committee to receive a $500 grant each, for a total of $2,500 for our 2017 final quarter.
The AMN Grant Committee thanks our team members for championing these wonderful non-profits and bringing attention to their important missions.
Julie Fletcher, Chief Talent Officer recently championed the addition of Volunteer Time Off (VTO) for team members. This benefit gives each team member eight (8) hours each year that they can use during normal worktime to support a cause that is important to them.
In 2017, more than 850 AMN team members have volunteered nearly 7,000 hours to improve their local communities.
Since 2014, AMN has raised awareness for Pancreatic Cancer by participating in “Wear Purple for a Purpose” each November in support of cancer research. In 2017, AMN pledged to donate $2 for each team member who wore purple on Friday, November 17. As a result, AMN will donate $1,500 to pancreatic cancer research!
AMN team members from across the country were eager to support first responders and disaster relief efforts with donations matched by AMN Healthcare and totaling over $15,000.
In addition, team members from Dallas and Utah contributed with a “Change is Good” campaign for Houston, where team members were encouraged to donate change. The outpour of generosity was tremendous, and team members gathered over $6,000 in just a few weeks for the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.
Team members recently hosted a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland – collecting well over 1,000 pounds of dry goods! Soon after, these team members collected and donated cold weather accessories to the Open Door Mission, which provides shelter and meals to those living in poverty.
The team also held a turkey drive to benefit the Open Door Mission, and donated 873 pounds of non-perishable food items and 60 turkeys at roughly 750 pounds. This donation was earmarked for Thanksgiving meal preparation of Thanksgiving meal kits that were donated to families in need.
November 28 marked “Giving Tuesday” for our Lenexa location – an event that is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable season. Team members were able to raise and contribute over $6,000 to the City Union Mission in Kansas City. Efforts from this team will fund more than 3,000 meals for the poor and disadvantaged.
To kick off the holiday season, Atlanta team members went to the Ronald McDonald House to help prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to families with children staying at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite. With its 31 bedrooms, it has helped more than 10,000 families over the years and has been at full capacity for over six months.
Team members recently competed in a cross-office food drive competition to see whether the Atlanta or St. Louis location could gather more food items. These offices made a huge contribution and donated over 900 food items!
Atlanta sent their items to North Fulton Community Charities, which dedicated to building self-sufficiency and preventing homelessness and hunger. St. Louis sent their items to H.E.R.O.E.S Care (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support), which provides support for members of all branches of the military and their families through pre-deployment, deployment, family reintegration and post-deployment.
In September 2017, 15 AMN corporate team members and 10 AMN sponsored clinicians, traveled to Guatemala in partnership with International Esperanza Project. This was the company’s 5th annual volunteer trip. By providing medical care to the local community and installing stoves in family homes to help create a safer indoor environment, Team HOPE touched over 2,500 lives.
This milestone journey was a pillar of the team’s great work over the last five years, helping over 16,000 individuals in rural Guatemala since 2013.
AMN Healthcare volunteers recently gathered to serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. Team members were happy to cook and serve dinner for families with children staying at the local hospital. The dinner program allows families a small sense of normalcy and an opportunity to see just how much AMN cares.
Serving as a “home away from home” for these families, the services provided by Ronald McDonald House focus on providing an atmosphere of comfort and care for families going through difficult times. AMN is proud that our team members were able to connect with and support just a few.
On Tuesday, July 18, CEO Susan Salka and AMN Summer Associates joined Feeding San Diego in the fight against hunger. Fellow volunteers prepped, cleaned, and performed quality checks on vegetables while preparing “ready to eat” food containers. One in eight adults, and one in five children, do not have a reliable source of food at home. In partnership with Feeding San Diego, we made a difference!
During the event, volunteers prepared:
In May 2017, AMN team members gathered in support of the Mental Health Systems (MHS) meditation garden rejuvenation project by painting “messages of hope” for those who battle mental illness. Seeking to create awareness and community for this cause, AMN Healthcare partnered with MHS in 2015, sending messages to a single facility in San Diego each year. This year, the organization donated messages to the MHS Bradley Building in Escondido, CA.
Moving forward, AMN Healthcare is finding ways to expand the program to other locations and is providing team members with “to-go bags” so they can craft messages from home.
In addition to various involvements with non-profit organizations throughout the year, AMN Healthcare offers a grant to its team members through the Community Connections program. This grant makes it possible for team members to act as a funding partner for the non-profit organization of their choice.
The following five charities, sponsored by various AMN team members, have been selected by the AMN Grant Committee to receive a $500 grant each, for a total of $2,500 for our 2017 2nd quarter.
By Denise Jackson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, AMN Healthcare
This past weekend, 36 AMN Healthcare team members ran a collective 579 miles at Ragnar SoCal. But beyond the miles they covered as part of this annual 193 mile relay race across Southern California, AMN Healthcare’s three running teams also raised more than $25,000 for Girls on the Run. I am thrilled to count myself as a member of the AMN Healthcare SoleMates Team as AMN, Girls on the Run and running are all important parts of my life.
I first got involved with Girls on the Run as a Running Buddy in 2006. I was inspired by the organization’s belief that any girl can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge and can change the world. I also love the organization’s approach to developing the whole girl – physically, emotionally and socially – through an experience-based curriculum, community service and mentorship that integrates running.
After seeing the impact of the Girls on the Run program in San Diego, I quickly expanded my involvement with the organization. Since 2012, I have served on the Board for Girls on the Run International and am extremely proud to be the Chairperson.
I am grateful to work at a company that values community service and personal as well as professional growth. I helped start the AMN Healthcare Team SoleMates, a running group that supports our team members in pursuing their passion for running and making an impact in their local community. SoleMates has participated in a number of running events on behalf of Girls on the Run, raising more than $150,000 since we started the team in 2008.
This will be AMN Healthcare Team SoleMates’ fourth year participating in Ragnar. One of the reasons I started running was because of the community around the sport and Ragnar is a perfect race to showcase that spirit with team members depending on one another to complete each portion of the race and provide encouragement along the way. Girls on the Run’s mission of empowering every girl to achieve her limitless potential is inspiring to me, and one of the reasons I stay so motivated to continue competing in endurance races. I want to share my passion and the vision of this great organization with others. I am a Girl on the Run!
In continued support of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, AMN Healthcare sponsored the San Diego Walk for Wishes. More than 150 AMN team members came out to the San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park for this family-friendly event, including Julie Fletcher, Chief Talent Officer, AMN Healthcare and a Make-A-Wish San Diego Board of Director. For more information, visit: http://sandiego.wish.org/
We wrapped AMN’s birthday month with a very successful event
at 10-year-old Caden’s house – granting his wish and making over his backyard to
have a play structure, trampoline, lots of lush tropical landscaping – even installing
a box brimming with new toys for him and his siblings to enjoy!
AMN’s employees worked hard to complete all of the yard
work, and even celebrated with a neighborhood block party at the end of the
day. Needless to say, Caden's expression was that of sheer joy when he returned
from LEGOLAND with his family and saw his new backyard -- and all the love and
support from everyone there!
A huge thank you to everyone who participated and
supported our birthday celebration of partnering with the Make-a-Wish
Foundation to make this very special little boy’s wish come true.
As a bonus, we also had an amazing turnout by every local
news station, which captured the highlights of the day, leading up to the big
reveal of Caden’s new backyard.
AMN’s employees volunteered to help work on the yard, donated toys and hosted a party for him at the end of the day, on March 30. It was an emotional day for Caden and his family as well as the AMN team.
sure to check out all the pictures and videos from the day’s event on our event album and watch the videos of making Caden's wish on our event playlist. Follow the event tweets below.
We all wish Caden continued health and well-being. And a
happy 30thAMN! Here’s to many more years of success!
For more information about AMN Community Relations, email Steve Wehn, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, or call him directly at (877) 282-0369.
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