One of the biggest problems in the healthcare system is understaffing. This results in the overworking of existing staff, long waiting periods for patients, human error from exhaustion and even healthcare providers opting for earlier-than-planned retirement. Facilities are consistently challenged to meet the staffing demands of fluctuating and seasonal patient needs. And as the population of experienced healthcare providers ages, a new generation of healthcare providers are needed to fill this increasing gap.
With over 35 years of experience in the healthcare workforce solutions ecosystem our CEO, Bill DeVille co-founded Health Personnel Options (HPO), one of the largest travel staffing companies in the United States prior the company’s sale. He has pioneered staffing solutions such as travel nursing, rapid response, and emergency staffing. This experience has given him immeasurable insight into the best way to solve the staffing problems in the healthcare system: increasing the labor pool.
Health Carousel began as Global Scholarship Alliance, a company focused on responsible and ethical recruiting of foreign educated healthcare professionals. Bringing in high-quality talent from outside the United States could ease the pressure on the existing staff, better the healthcare work environment and solve diverse staffing issues.
To ensure this didn’t deteriorate the healthcare ecosystems of the host countries, the company created and continues to support scholarships for healthcare professionals around the world –– helping to grow the population of healthcare providers globally.
Health Carousel’s long-term pipeline would produce healthcare professionals over many years, which had the potential to eradicate the staffing problems. Overseas nurses could be placed in hospitals that often struggle to retain talent, such as those in inner cities or rural communities. With a longer contract, these nurses become a part of the community and are more incentivized to stay.
However, some organizations couldn’t wait the two or more years for the staff to start arriving. They needed nurses immediately. This led to the launch of our travel nursing solution, now known as the Health Carousel Travel Network, which addressed the short-term needs as we continued to lay out the long-term infrastructure.
Healthcare staffing is a dynamic, growing industry filled with challenges and significant opportunities. We are proud to have built a company and a portfolio of solutions that is solving the shortage of qualified healthcare professionals, enriching the lives of our employees, and impacting millions of patient lives.