While the health care rhetoric continues to gain reaction from both parties and political pundits, locally, health care groups are creating jobs and showing more buoyancy as the economic downturn continues.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry is one of the top 10 fastest growing areas for employment over the next decade. More than 14 million jobs were created in health care in 2008 and more than 3 million jobs will be health care related through 2018.
This is good news for Nevadans, where the unemployment rate has hovered around 14 percent.
But jobs are plentiful at HealthCare Partners of Nevada, said Hartley White, the company’s vice president of human resources.
“There are a lot of changes coming with health care reform, and we provide the opportunity to take the burden off an individual physician from administration and other work,” White said. “It allows the physician and the staff to focus on patient care, and we’ll handle all the other stuff so it’s no longer something to worry about.”
HealthCare Partners of Nevada has 43 clinics in the state, including Boulder City, Pahrump, Las Vegas and Nye County.
“One of the things we can offer as a health care provider is that we have geographic diversity so we have clinics all over,” White said. “We also offer more training to develop opportunities; we have a much more competitive benefits package. One of the things we find when we buy an individual group is we find that their benefits are very limited.”
And the company continues to grow. It has bought seven clinics this year, including Arville Advanced Specialty, which was a major acquisition because of its size and clientele.
“Each clinic is a clinic inside of itself so it’s the best of both worlds for patients and physicians,” White said. “They get ownership of the clinic but also the benefits of a large company with all of the training and benefits, those types of things that we have to offer.”
HealthCare Partners of Nevada often depends on its employees to find the right fit for its clinics. Those employees regularly become a solid source for the health care group’s hiring needs, said Rosie Stephenson, corporate recruiter for HealthCare Partners of Nevada.
“Our employees make for great referral sources, as we get larger, so you’ve got 1,000 folks out there that are sourcing already for us,” Stephenson said.
The health care group often recruits from within and locally before going outside of the state’s pool of professionals.
“Often we don’t have to go out and source for jobs because so many applicants who know about us either by seeing our ads, or just know us because we have locations all over Southern Nevada,” Stephenson said. “Part of our recruiting them is to look at the resumes of all the folks who have applied for jobs. There is a wide variety of jobs; if we need to outsource, we look at the community and ask for referrals.”
HealthCare Partners of Nevada connects with local medical schools for externship programs. The company continues that education after employment.
“Because of our size, nearing 1,000 employees, there are a lot of things that we have to offer, such as reimbursement for tuition for our nurses and physicians, continuing education for most of our employees that we readily provide for them,” White said. “There are also extensive training programs throughout for MAs. For our physicians, we bring in outside speakers on a quarterly basis and we have five or six trainers within our system that assist our (staff).”
Customer service classes, leadership training and other nonmedical programs also are available on a regular basis.
“If we don’t offer it, we’ll find a way to get it for them to further their education and training within our health care group,” White said.
HealthCare Partners of Nevada hires throughout the year, from customer service to medically trained professionals.
“We are constantly looking for physicians, providers, midlevel providers, medical assistants, customer patient services representatives and RNs and LPNs,” she said.
There are close to 30 open positions available at HealthCare Partners of Nevada. Go to www.hcpnv.com for more information and to apply.
Generally health care groups offer a broader range of services for patient convenience, compliance and quality of care, said Bryan Dieter, president, Outcome Based Delivery Systems and and its local affiliate Canyon Gate Medical Group.
“For jobseekers this means more jobs and greater diversity,” Dieter said. “In addition, this affords greater opportunity for the employee to advance without having to leave company.”
And many don’t. The turnover rate at Canyon Gate Medical Group is low.
“We prefer to promote from within, as many of our best leaders have grown up within the system,” Dieter said. “We have multiple team leaders (office managers) who have been promoted from roles with less and more focused responsibility.”
Canyon Gate Medical is frequently looking to hire medical assistants (preferably bilingual) and front office team members.
“We occasionally hire ultrasound and X-ray technicians,” he said.
Currently, Canyon Gate Medical has a couple of bilingual medical assistant positions open.
“We encourage people to send in their resumes anyway, as we turn to our internal database first when looking to fill an open position,” he said. “We are also looking for nurse practitioners for our Pahrump office.”
Experience is preferred, “although we have hired quite a few people who have interned with us. Most of our roles require an appropriate degree,” Dieter said.
Anyone wishing to be considered for a position should send their resume to Canyon Gate Medical at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the role you are seeking in the subject line of your email.
Health care is definitely a positive-growth industry, said Susan LaSpada-Truscott, recruitment employment specialist for Kingman Regional Medical Center, Kingman, Ariz.
“Health care always seems to have a lot of job openings in numerous areas and offers a fantastic career,” she said.
The health care group is a nonprofit hospital and offers many jobs in the health care field, not just in clinical health care but dietary, housekeeping, maintenance and housekeeping as well as clerical jobs.
“We have an abundance of opportunities not only for a specific type of person, but for various skilled and nonskilled workers,” LaSpada-Truscott said.
As a large health care group, the hospital offers many opportunities for advancement as well as placement in diverse areas.
“We have ongoing training in many departments within our hospital and always offer career growth within our system,” she said. “We offer tuition reimbursement to our employees to assist them with on-going education.”
Nurse practitioners and other nursing positions are a constant need for Kingman Regional Medical Center.
“We always are hiring RNs due to employees retiring, transferring to other departments, growth within our system and employees relocating,” she said. ”Our most critical need at this time is physical therapists and I believe this is due to the shortage of (physical therapists) at this time.”
Kingman also is hiring for respiratory therapists, RN directors in case management and surgical services.
“We are also hiring a chief information officer and a director of patient financial services,” she said. ”We always need CNAs, lab techs, clerical workers and nonclinical personnel.”
To start, the health care group prefers registered nurses to have at least two or more years of experience with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
“But (we) will always consider new grads and a two-year degree,” she said. “We require our physical therapist to have a bachelor’s degree. Our clinical positions require a college degree and most of our administrative positions require college degrees. Clerical positions need a high school diploma. Therapists need required license and degree as well.”
Continuum Advanced Healthcare is a small health care group with big plans.
“We see ourselves growing,” said John Lyons, physical therapist/clinic director for Continuum Advanced Healthcare. “Right now our company has two offices and I see us expanding to an additional office in the next year, and we will be hiring customer service representatives and physical therapist assistant or physical therapists. Primarily those are the jobs we look for.”
They are currently looking for half a dozen employees with a medical background, particularly physical therapists and technical assistants.
Potential employees can apply by faxing their resume to the Continuum Advanced Healthcare office at 3111 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 100, or sending via email to its website at www.continuumadvancedhealthcare.com.
Being part of a health care group assists the patient as well as the medical professional.
“Our company is a multispecialty company which incorporates physical therapists and orthopedic surgery, and with those there is need for assistance,” he said. “When you have a group, especially a multispecialty health care group, you have a lot to offer. We can refer within our group and we also refer to other specialties as well.”
The strengths of a being with a health care group include being able to treat a client for many different maladies as well as being able to care for the entire family under one medical plan, which can provide some peace of mind to families who have multigenerations under one medical plan.
“We have an orthopedic surgeon that can do much and then the patient can go to our so rehabilitation specialist that can also help the patient in so many ways,” he said. “They can get multiple services, often on the same day, that they need to get back on their feet, and it’s all easy to do.”
Continuum Advanced Healthcare is all about local clients who need immediate attention.
“We promote patient walk-ins, those that come in the door, and have a doctor evaluate the patient and see if surgery is needed or if there is something else that we can provide,” he said. “It’s all about providing them all the services and we can, being a smaller group, more quality one-on-one time with that patient.”
The difference between Continuum and a larger health care group can be significant to the patient.
“A larger health care group typically has multiple locations and with that you will need more staff to work,” he said. “With a smaller group you have one-on-one type of care that can service the customer very well.”