Spherion and AMN Healthcare Enter RPO Alliance

Thursday, November 20, 2008 General News
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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 19 SpherionCorporation (NYSE: SFN) today announced its recruitment process outsourcing(RPO) services division has entered into a strategic alliance with AMNHealthcare (NYSE: AHS) to jointly provide RPO services to healthcareorganizations across the United States. Spherion's team of RPO professionalswill manage the sourcing, screening and on-boarding of candidates fornon-clinical positions, while AMN will focus on finding the most qualifiedcandidates for clinical positions, which include nurses, allied healthprofessionals and physicians. Both firms will also continue to pursueindividual RPO business as well.

As today's population ages and the demand for health-related servicesincreases, healthcare organizations face mounting challenges to recruit andon-board top talent. Together, Spherion and AMN will help address this issueby managing the entire recruitment, screening and selection process fororganizations such as hospitals, medical centers and clinics. Spherion andAMN will also offer RPO services to insurance and pharmaceutical companieswhich are increasingly leveraging RPO as part of their hiring strategy.

Spherion and AMN Healthcare made the decision to create this alliancebased on their significant track records and history of recruiting tens ofthousands of professionals each year. The combined experience of both Spherionand AMN will bring added resources to healthcare organizations looking toimprove efficiency across their recruitment process and place more emphasis onpatient care.

"Developing an alliance with AMN Healthcare was a natural fit for our RPOdivision as we see the healthcare industry as one of our key areas of focus,"said Rebecca Callahan, Senior Vice President of Spherion's Recruitment ProcessOutsourcing division. "AMN is a recognized leader in healthcare staffing andRPO services. The breadth and depth of our parallel offerings will enablehealthcare organizations to more efficiently address the recruiting challengesthey are currently facing."

Ralph Henderson, President of AMN Healthcare's Nurse Staffing andRecruitment Process Outsourcing divisions, said, "RPO will alleviate many ofthe growing pains healthcare organizations are currently facing from a humancapital standpoint. By aligning with an organization of Spherion's caliber, weare joining forces to help clients address talent shortages and find the bestcandidates for their organizations in both clinical and non-clinical roles."

The recruitment teams will be based at Spherion and AMN's main recruitmentcenters in the U.S., as well as on-site with the client. Spherion and AMN willprovide recruitment staff, applicant tracking, assessment technology, clinicalquality services and real-time reporting for all RPO engagements. The alliancewill benefit clients with a wide range of recruitment needs, ranging fromshort-term recruiting projects to multi-year assignments.

To learn more about Spherion's RPO services and partnership with AMNHealthcare, visit www.spherionrpo.com.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the largest healthcare staffing companyin the United States and the largest nationwide provider in all three of itsbusiness segments: travel nurse and allied staffing, locum tenens staffing(temporary physician staffing), and physician permanent placement services.AMN Healthcare recruits healthcare professionals both nationally andinternationally and places them on variable lengths of assignments and inpermanent positions at acute-care hospitals, physician practice groups andother healthcare settings throughout the United States. For more information,visit www.amnhealthcare.com

About Spherion

Spherion Corporation (NYSE: SFN) is a leading recruiting and staffingcompany that provides integrated solutions and breakout specialties to meetthe evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer formore than 60 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions ofindividuals in temporary, temp-to-hire and full-time jobs.

With approximately 700 locations in the United States and Canada, Spheriondelivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance.Spherion provides its services to more than 8,000 customers, from Fortune 500companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing morethan 300,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of NorthAmerica's largest employers. Spherion operates under the following brands:Spherion Staffing Services Group for administrative, clerical and lightindustrial workers; Technisource for technology professionals and solutions;The Mergis Group for accounting and finance and other professional positions;Todays Office Professionals for specialty administrative personnel; andSpherion Recruitment Process Outsourcing. To learn more, visitwww.spherion.com.

SOURCE Spherion Corporation

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