AMN Community Relations – 2011 Year in Review, Looking Ahead
By Steve Wehn, vice president, community and government affairs, AMN Healthcare
February 1, 2012 - As the nation’s largest healthcare staffing company, AMN Healthcare is privileged to provide a business service that directly benefits our society at large by providing hospitals and healthcare clients across the country with the highest quality clinical professionals they need to deliver improved patient care and outcomes. We understand and appreciate the impact of our service as we make the connections that make healthcare work better every day, and help so many to achieve their professional and personal goals.
But beyond the impact that our service has on the delivery of healthcare in the United States and the lives of patients our healthcare providers touch, there is more that we strive to do as an organization. From inception, AMN Healthcare has been a committed and proactive corporate partner in San Diego and the other communities where a majority of our team members live and work. We support this commitment through charitable giving, in-kind donations, disaster relief efforts, scholarship programs, and most importantly, team member volunteerism.
We feel a strong commitment to these programs on behalf of our corporate employees, and to responsibly use our resources to support non-profits and community activities through focused efforts in the areas of health and human services, women and children initiatives, education, and economic development/civic initiatives that are making a difference, one person and one issue at a time.
In recognition of our community efforts, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders, a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, recently presented AMN with its 2011 Outstanding Community Partner Award.
As we start 2012, here is a quick review of AMN’s community relations efforts over the past year:
Once again in 2011, we stayed committed to our communities by supporting a variety of nonprofits and charitable programs on behalf of our team members aimed at supporting and improving health, education, homelessness, hunger, social issues, disaster recovery and more.
To name a few, AMN provided support through charity giving, in-kind donations, sponsorships, memberships, board service and/or volunteer projects in the following areas:
• Komen Race for the Cure
• National Multiple Sclerosis Society
• Alzheimer’s Association
• Mental Health Association
• American Heart Association
• Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
• American Cancer Society
• Challenged Athletes Foundation
• Ronald McDonald House
• San Diego Burn Institute
SOCIAL ISSUES including DISASTER RECOVERY
• Various food banks across the country
• Father Joe’s Villages
• San Diego Social Venture Partners
• San Diego Hunger Coalition
• Habitat for Humanity
• Doctors without Borders
• The Community Health Improvement Partners
• Joplin, Missouri Tornado Recovery (to support displaced healthcare workers)
• Girls on the Run
• Voices for Children
• Angels Foster Family Network
• Girl Scouts of America
• Boys and Girls Clubs of America
• Boys Scouts of America
• Various nursing school scholarships
• Junior Achievement
• Community scholarships
• Nurse association scholarships
• Leadership scholarships
PROFESSIONAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/CIVIC INITATIVES
• San Diego Economic Development Council
• Athena San Diego
• San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders
• San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
• San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce
• LEAD San Diego
• CONNECT of San Diego
• American Staffing Association
• NATHO - National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations
• NALTO – National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations
• HCC – Health Care Communicators
• San Diego Police Foundation
• Various nurse associations
• AHA – American Hospital Association
• Various state hospital associations
Our team members are the pulse of AMN Healthcare and we recognize that many contribute their time and talents every day, outside of their workday, to nonprofit and charitable organizations that they personally choose to support. AMN has a goal of increasing company-sponsored volunteer projects, as well. In 2011 we increased volunteer participations for our team members across the country with various sponsored walks and runs, and volunteer projects at food banks, homeless shelters and Ronald McDonald House. We are planning to increase these opportunities in 2012.
As we have grown, we have embraced new sets of ideas, challenges and opportunities around our social responsibility as an organization. We collectively acknowledge that social responsibility, but must balance it to create value for AMN’s stakeholders and shareholders.
Today, perhaps more than ever, people are looking to the business community to help address many of the complex issues facing our world, but not one company or one team member can do it alone. As AMN moves forward into 2012, we will continue to expect more of ourselves, to work with our team members to effect positive changes, and to integrate our community service values into our company strategy, business practices and operations.
For more information about AMN Healthcare Community Relations, contact Steve Wehn Steve.Wehn@amnhealthcare.com.