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BidShift Launches Staffing Effectiveness Technology at CHRISTUS Spohn Health Network; Technology Provides Nursing Staff Access to Open Shifts Across Six Campuses
[February 07, 2006]

BidShift Launches Staffing Effectiveness Technology at CHRISTUS Spohn Health Network; Technology Provides Nursing Staff Access to Open Shifts Across Six Campuses

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- Feb. 7, 2006 -- San Diego-based BidShift, a leading provider of web-based shift scheduling technology and workforce effectiveness solutions for healthcare providers, has implemented its online bidding system at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System of Corpus Christi, TX to provide an automated approach for filling open shifts across its six hospital campuses.

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, part of CHRISTUS Health, is the second system in the health network to utilize BidShift's progressive staffing effectiveness technology, transforming what traditionally has been a time and labor intensive manual process and reducing reliance on expensive contract labor. Healthcare organizations currently using BidShift across the U.S. are experiencing substantial payback and annualized cost savings ranging between $400,000 and $3.2 million per hospital.

"BidShift's technology decreases administrative time and streamlines open shift scheduling for our nursing staff, allowing us to focus more valuable time and resources on the delivery of patient care," stated Nora Frasier, Vice President and Chief Executive Nurse at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. "We use BidShift to increase visibility of shift openings to qualified staff across all six hospitals, substantially increasing our ability to fill both rural and metropolitan shift openings from within our own expanded resource pool."

Nursing staff across all six hospitals use the technology to log on from work or home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to identify available shifts and make on-line requests for shifts that match their skills, experience, and lifestyle interests. In the first week(s) of implementation, over 800 nursing staff have already signed up to take part in the cutting-edge staffing program, and nearly 500 shifts have been filled.

"By using BidShift, we hope to encourage staff to work across all six hospitals," stated Margot Rios, Associate Administrator at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice. "We experience seasonal fluctuations in our census in this vacation area. When a census is low in one hospital, and the home based staff do not have enough work, we can now easily offer them the opportunity to maintain their income without using vacation time."

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is implementing BidShift as a means to leverage the existing resource pool across all six campuses, gain process efficiencies in the filling of open shifts, and assure optimal coverage. One of the health system's primary goals is also aimed at giving nursing staff more choice and flexibility over the shifts they work, which is reflected in their theme for the program, "It's your time, your choice." The health system is using regular pay with targeted incentives for the hardest-to-fill shifts to optimize deployment of nursing resources where they are needed most.

"CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is taking the necessary steps to promote consistent, high-quality healthcare across its hospital campuses while driving nurse retention and satisfaction," said Bruce Springer, President and CEO of BidShift, Inc. "We're proud to support their enterprise approach to addressing their regional workforce shortage by increasing awareness of the available opportunities." BidShift is currently in over 75 hospitals across 18 states and the District of Columbia.

About CHRISTUS Spohn Health System

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is a faith-based, comprehensive health care network consisting of six hospital campuses -- CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Shoreline, Memorial and South), CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg (Kingsville) -- as well as technologically advanced cardiac and cancer services, a network of family health centers, and a variety of wellness and specialty programs.

About BidShift

BidShift, Inc. is the leading staffing effectiveness technology and services company focused on helping healthcare organizations make the best use of their existing workforce. By aligning incentives and dynamically matching needs and availability using a variety of approaches, staff are effectively deployed, labor costs are reduced, and employee satisfaction is increased. The company's innovative software and best practices empower healthcare organizations to attract and retain qualified staff and deliver cost-effective, high quality patient care. BidShift is a rapidly growing, privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. To find out more about BidShift, visit

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