The Rural Health Alliance (RHA) and Converdia Health Staffing announced a partnership that will positively impact healthcare staffing in the Midwest. The RHA purchased a 40% stake in Converdia on October 1, 2019.  Converdia Health Staffing is a PRN/Per Diem, short-term/long-term, direct placement and temporary-to-permanent healthcare staffing company with headquarters in Fargo-Moorhead.

 “The relationship between RHA and Converdia is a win-win”, Brian Rahman, the founder and President of Converdia Health Staffing stated.  “If a facility has a need, RHA and Converdia will work together to fulfill it.” 

Converdia Health Staffing concentrates on a three-pronged recruitment approach.  The focus is nursing, allied staff and physicians.  Recruitment for nursing includes CNA, LPN and RN’s.  The recruitment of allied staff will include laboratory, radiology, therapies and dietary staff.  Physician recruitment includes Advanced Practice Physicians, locum tenens, and emergency room coverage.  The company’s current clientele includes long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals and their emergency rooms and surgery centers. Converdia’s mission is to “connect quality healthcare professionals with opportunities to make a positive impact on communities in need.”

Erik Malchow, president of RHA stated, “This partnership is a perfect fit for both parties.”  The aim is to work together to assist healthcare facilities to meet the staffing demands of rural communities in need.  Both Converdia and RHA will utilize flexibility and local relationships to help serve healthcare facilities in recruitment and to partner with them to fill gaps in coverage.  Recruitment within the local area enables both the healthcare facility and recruiting partner to help provide quality care in an economical way. 

Brian Rahman, founder and president of Converdia Health Staffing, mentioned the vision of the company began 30 years ago when Rahman and various rural healthcare CEO’s experienced staffing needs within rural healthcare facilities. The partnership between RHA and Converdia opens an opportunity within the group to help solve recruitment and staffing issues. 

For more information on Converdia Health Staffing, visit their website at www.converdiahealth.com or call Brian Rahman at 701-367-8272.

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The October RHA Newsletter is out for review! 

This edition will contain information on the following: 

  • Q4 – 2019 Group Buys
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Welcome New Members
  • Healthcare Trivia (find the answer on the RHA Facebook Page and the RHA Website Blog!)
  • Continued Education Opportunities
  • New Contract with MKT Fleet (Vehicle Management)
  • October Dietary Calendar

Also, the answer to this edition's trivia question can be found here!

Q: The first stethoscope was made out of what material? 

A: Wood 

The newsletter is sent out to RHA members via email. 

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The September RHA Newsletter is out for review! 

It will provide information on the following:

  • Q3 – 2019 Group Buy
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Welcome New Members
  • New Contract with Lyft 
  • Healthcare Trivia
  • Continued Education Opportunities
  • Upcoming Webinars 

Also, find the answer to this edition's trivia question here!

Q: What city was home to the first hospital in the United States? 
A: Philadelphia 

 

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The August RHA Newsletter is out for review! 

It will provide information on the following:

  • Q3 – 2019 Group Buy
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Welcome New Members
  • Vizient AT&T Contract Expansion
  • Healthcare Trivia (find the answer on the RHA Facebook Page and the RHA Website Blog!)
  • Continued Education Opportunities
  • New Contract for Senior Living

Also, find the answer to this edition's trivia question here!

Q: What do the Parotid Glands produce?
A: Saliva

 

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The June RHA Newsletter is out for review! 

It will provide information on the following:

- Alomere's VHPC Savings 
- Pre-Commitment Program
- Continued Education
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- and More!

 

Also, find the answer to this edition's trivia question here!

Q: What does "B.I.D." mean on a prescription?
A: Take twice daily

 

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The Monthly RHA Newsletter is out for review! The newsletter will provide information on: 


- Our upcoming MN Rural Health Forum
- Contract Highlight
- Continued Education
- RHA Regional Agreements
- and More!

 

Also, find the answer to this edition's trivia question here!

Q: What was the keto diet initially developed to treat?
A: Pediatric Epilepsy

 

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The Monthly RHA Newsletter is out for review! The newsletter will provide information on: 


- our upcoming MN Rural Health Forum
- New Contract Opportunities 
- Continued Education
- Pre-Commit Deadlines
- and More!

 

Also, find the answer to this edition's trivia question here!

Q: What is the oldest known infectious disease?
A: Leprosy

 

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The March Edition of our RHA Newsletter is out for review. 

 

In it you will find information on the following: 

  • Q1 2019 Group Buys
  • Continued Education Opportunities
  • Important Events
  • Expired & New Contracts
  • Healthcare Trivia
  • And More! 

If you would like to review the Newsletter and you are a member, please check your email as it is sent out. 

Also, the answer to this edition's trivia question can be found here:

Q: What is a hemodialyzer?

A: A Mechanical Kidney 

 

 

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Chad Fullmer has accepted a position as the VP of Business Development with the Rural Health Alliance (RHA), effective immediately.

Fullmer has an extensive 18- year background in the healthcare industry. Fullmer recently worked for a national Group Purchasing Organization servicing the upper Midwest. Fullmer also worked with Ethicon (J&J) where he was responsible for negotiating supply chain contracts, facilitating client service, managing budgets and coordinating resident clinical training. During his career, Fullmer was recognized for exemplary performance by earning the Division Rookie of the Year award and two Division Most Valuable Representative awards.

Fullmer will focus on RHA new business development.  He will work with prospective healthcare clients offering expertise in contract utilization, operational improvements, and potential consultative solutions. Fullmer will bring value to RHA by offering differentiated strategies that will enable organizations to effectively save money, grow revenue and profitability.

The RHA officially welcomed Fullmer to the team Tuesday, February 19th, and is looking forward to the business growth and client value Fullmer will bring.

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Here is a link to an article geared towards Materials Management / Supply Chain Leadership. There's good information on supply chain management strategies – it’s main focus is to “just say no” when it comes to bad behaviors, and how to invest in management systems that drive compliance and cut waste.

 

Give this a read if you have some time: http://spendmatters.com/2019/01/07/a-2019-wish-u-s-healthcare-supply-chain-leadership-will-learn-to-just-say-no/

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