It was October 2011, and of course, career fair time at the universities in Missouri. Early October is the Allied Health Career Fair at Mizzou – one of my absolute favorites for a myriad of reasons.
The students are well prepared, well dressed, and professional. The room is organized in such a fashion that crowds are minimized, which optimizes opportunities for conversations with the graduating students in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The local community colleges attend also, so you also get a sprinkling of future PTAs and COTAs – and that’s super-cool too.
I get excited this time of year, because I get to meet fellow recruiters – those I’ve already met, and those I haven’t yet, but have formed a friendship online. I was particularly excited to see a good friend of mine from Rehab Choice. Not only have we developed a professional relationship, but we’ve also formed a friendship.
Well, my friend got me nervous the night of this particular career fair. She wanted to introduce me to our competition in Kansas City, MO where we were just cracking into that particular market. We certainly were not a part of the Kansas City market as long as Quantum Health Professionals was, so I was particularly nervous. And she wanted to introduce me to Troy Robert, the President. Did he know who we were? Would he be confrontational? Would I be confident enough?
It seems everyone knows Troy at these events for three reasons: blue jeans, cowboy boots, and candy. And I was nervous as, well, you know.
But Troy was as nice as could be, and professional, too. We talked work for a bit, and traded business cards…and now we’re connected on LinkedIn. Beyond that, we plan on meeting next time he is close to St. Louis. But of course, the night got busy and we went our separate ways.
But what does this have to do with Springfield, Missouri? Troy informed me that he was soon planning to enter that particular market. With the help of insurance companies, he had made enough contacts to justify the growth. So, why not?J
What other companies are in the Springfield Missouri region providing Temporary Contract Therapist Staffing services? Here goes:
- 1. Quantum Health Professionals. Based in Merriam, Kansas, Quantum has been staffing temporary therapists since 2002. Their model allows for as little as four hours, to as long as 13 weeks. Flexibility for the facility.
- 2. Metropolitan Health Staffing Network. (Yep, that’s us!) Based in Alton, IL, we’ve been staffing temporary therapists since 2010. But our experience and compassions have roots in 25-plus years of staffing temporary pharmacists with MetroRPh across 22 states, including Missouri and Illinois. Our model is 100 percent customized to the facility needs – no minimum number of hours, and of course no limits either.
There you have it. I don’t know of any other temporary therapist staffing agency that can service the Springfield, MO region (not including travel companies looking for 13 week agreements). I certainly haven’t come across another company in all my conversations with therapists and facilities in that region, though there are individual therapists working PRN, like everywhere else.
As always, when I learn of another agency providing these services, I’ll be happy to amend this blog post. Have I missed any that you are aware of?