Two Companies Form Strategic Partnership To Better Serve Leadership And Management Needs Of Healthcare Clients

Top Quote Kirby Bates Associates, Inc., an industry leader in healthcare executive search, coaching and consulting, and NHS Solutions, Inc., a leading supplier of interim healthcare management solutions, have jointly announced a strategic partnership. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) March 06, 2014 - Through this exclusive partnership, each company will expand the complement of services and products offered to healthcare clients in meeting critical executive leadership and senior management needs.

    Both companies are specialists in their respective areas. Philadelphia-based Kirby Bates Associates, owned and operated by nurse leaders for over 25 years, has focused on nursing and operational leadership in hospitals and health systems. Tempe-based NHS Solutions, an innovator in interim healthcare management, has introduced a novel, full-service interim management pricing model. Their partnership enables KBA to expand and improve interim management services for clients and interim candidates, and enables NHS Solutions to offer additional value-added services.

    The companies also jointly announced a national search for a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will be responsible for the operations of both companies. While both companies will retain independent branding at this time, they will exhibit together at the AONE Conference, March 12-15, 2014 in Orlando, Fla.

    "We are delighted to formalize our partnership with Kirby Bates Associates and expand the solutions we now offer our clients," says John Jager, MBA, President and CEO of NHS Solutions. "The Kirby Bates team has a long history of providing outstanding service to their clients and candidates and they have an excellent reputation in the industry. We share the same company values and principles in working with our healthcare clients and candidates. It is a delight to be working with such a professional organization."

    "We are very excited about this partnership with NHS Solutions," says Karen Kirby, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Kirby Bates President and CEO. "NHS Solutions shares our passion for providing clients with high quality, comprehensive healthcare services. By working together, we will be able to offer our interim management candidates more placements and benefits, and offer our valued clients a full-service model that frees them from handling interim manager travel, housing and day to day manager support."

    About Kirby Bates Associates
    Kirby Bates Associates ( is a boutique national firm specializing in executive retained search, coaching, consulting and interim management for the healthcare industry. Led since 2003 by Karen Kirby, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FACHE, the Kirby Bates team consists of former Chief Nursing Officers and Chief Operating Officers in the healthcare field. Their first-hand experience and knowledge of the challenges faced by healthcare has been key to the team's success in building exceptional leadership teams, one leader at a time.

    About NHS Solutions
    Established in 2009, NHS Solutions ( has quickly become one of the leading interim management companies focusing on clinical and allied healthcare management needs at the executive, director and manager levels. In 2010, NHS Solutions introduced the first full-service, all-inclusive pricing model, offering hospitals a turnkey solution for interim management. The NHS Solutions model attracts highly experienced senior managers to become W2 employees of NHS Solutions, which enables NHS Solutions to quickly fill even the most difficult-to-fill positions.

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