The DMS Blog


DMS Loves Referrals. And You Will, Too! 2/5/2018


Active DMS Employees:

Could you benefit from some extra cash? Do you appreciate the chance to help someone find meaningful employment?

This Valentine's season, don't forget that DMS offers referral bonuses...up to $500!

If you know someone who would be a great addition to DMS, be sure to have them apply online, or call the DMS Recruiting Team today!

For Home Care referrals, call (616) 301-2000.

For Medical Staffing referrals, call (616) 942-2222.

February Lunch & Learn! 2/2/2018

Do you know anyone impacted by diabetes?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 
cases of diabetes amount to an estimated 30.3 million people.

To learn more about diabetes, be sure to reserve your spot at the upcoming DMS Lunch & Learn (enjoy complimentary lunch and be entered for a prize raffle).

Join Us For Lunch! And Learn, Too! 1/10/2018

Free Lunch? Learn how to recognize symptoms of common infections? Prize raffle?

This can only mean one thing: Lunch and Learn is back at DMS!

The first "Lunch and Learn" of 2018 is scheduled for January 25th at 1 p.m.

Be sure to RSVP with Emily by 1/24/18 to save your place!

Happy Anniversary, Don! 12/18/2017

Congratulations to Don St. Andre (pictured right) on his three-year DMS anniversary. Thanks to the DonFather for his hard work and dedication: three more years!

Season's Greetings! 12/7/2017

From all of us at DMS, we wish you a very merry holiday season!

DMS Acquires Porter Hills Home Care 9/27/2017

We are delighted to announce that on June 28, 2017, DMS acquired Porter Hills Home Care East—the Private Duty Home Care division of Porter Hills.  DMS has partnered with Porter Hills for many years, and over that time, our organizations have developed a strong sense of mutual trust and respect. Porter Hills recognized that DMS consistently values their employees and upholds a high-quality standard of patient and client care.
This acquisition broadens the DMS footprint across the Greater Grand Rapids region and makes us one of the largest Private Duty Home Care companies in West Michigan.  As you may have seen, we have expanded and updated our training space to accommodate the growth.
We are proud to navigate this exciting journey of growth and progress with you.

Charlie Ferro, President
Diversified Medical Staffing

Hello: Nick Howell 6/5/2017

Say hi to the newest member of Diversifed Medical Staffing: Mr. Nick Howell. Nick is representing DMS as the Recruiting Assistant and has already injected some fresh energy and enthusiasm to the team. 

More to Come Soon!

Hello: Kathy Boone 4/11/2017

DMS has a new Payroll and Billing Specialist in the corporate office, Kathy Boone. Not only does Kathy bring over two decades of HR and payroll experience, she has a positive, team-first attitude and a quiet confidence to get the job done right! Welcome to the team, Kathy!

Happy Birthday To You! 3/28/2017

DMS was thrilled to celebrate THREE March birthdays in the corporate office.

Join us in wishing a very special happy birthday to Amanda (3/16), Charlie (3/16), and Laurie (3/2)!

And yes...the cake was DELICIOUS!

March Madness Referral Bonus! 3/10/2017

Is your bracket busted already? No worries! The DMS Medical Staffing team is celebrating March Madness by bouncing our referral bonus for Certified Nurse Aides!

From March 17th through April 3rd, the referral bonus for new CNA’s will increase to $350! 
**Be sure your referrals know who you are and share your name at the time of the interview** 

2017: Here We Come! 12/19/2016

As we prepare to wrap-up 2016, the time has come to reflect, and also to peek ahead (just for a moment) at all of the incredible opportunities that 2017 will bring.

Where to begin?

The DMS Training Center (Weyhill Building, Suite 105)
Orientations and trainings will never be the same! Hospital-grade educational resources and a newly renovated 1400 Sq. ft. training space make a dynamic combination! DMS can provide the hands-on training to enhance your value, while fitting around your schedule. Come check out the DMS Training Center today!

Career Progression CNA Scholarship (Become eligible in only six months!)
Have you heard the incredible news? DMS wants to help you earn CNA certification! In addition to assisting with the cost, DMS will be offering CNA training on site in the new Training Center! (See Below)

Flat River Medical/DMS Partnership! (CNA training will be offered at DMS beginning in March 2017!!!)

Tremendous referral bonuses (from $50 up to $500!)
From all of us at DMS, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday season!

*As a reminder, the corporate office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23rd and Monday, Dec. 26th*

Season's Greetings from DMS! 12/14/2016

DMS kicked-off the holiday season in style last week at the 2016 Holiday Staff Party. Both party selections provided delicious food and drinks, great people and some highly entertaining stories! In addition to celebrating the holidays together, the DMS field staff received an early present AND got a sneak peek at the brand new DMS Training Center!

Thank you to everyone who was able to celebrate with us. For those who did not attend (all you naughty-listers), we will see you next time!

Happy holidays!



Congratulations, Don! 12/14/2016

Please help DMS celebrate the two year work anniversary of the Don-Father, Mr. Don St. Andre! Since joining DMS as HR Manager in late 2014, Don has put his leadership and versatility to work. No matter the challenge, Don provides an unmistakable combination of optimism, initiative and resourcefulness. Congrats on two tremendous years, Don. Keep up the fantastic work!

Don St. Andre (pictured right)

CNA Training Comes to DMS! 12/1/2016

DMS and Flat River Medical are thrilled to announce a partnership for 2017 and BEYOND!

Beginning in March, Flat River Medical and DMS are teaming up to provide CNA training in a second location...Grand Rapids! The newly finished DMS Training Center (located in Suite 105 inside of the familiar Weyhill building) is equipped with hospital-grade educational resources for relevant, hands-on instruction.

The partnership between DMS and Flat River Medical will provide more opportunities to our future healthcare professionals, spanning from the Montcalm County area, to Kent County, and beyond!  Not only can you get your CNA training through Flat River Medical, but students can become employed as a CNA to work for DMS!
**Remember that DMS employees become eligible for the Career Progression CNA Scholarship after only six months of active employment**
**Beginning in March, classes will be held in both Grand Rapids and Greenville, MI**  

Flat River Medical is a nurse assistant training program (NATP) modeled by the State of Michigan guidelines. This 75 hour program features an in-depth lecture, hands-on laboratory practice, and a final practicum which will take place in the nursing home setting. Conveniently located downtown Greenville (and now Grand Rapids!), MI, this program will be offered monthly with varying class hours to accommodate your life.
Melody Teegardin, RN, MSN TTT
Owner/Operator Flat River Medical

Charlie Ferro, President
Diversified Medical Staffing

DMS Employee Holiday Celebration 11/28/2016

DMS is pleased to announce the 2016 employee holiday celebration schedule. This year, there are two different celebration times to choose from—including a brunch or holiday happy hour option—both celebrations will be held in our brand-new training center inside of the Weyhill Building.


Who             You! (Plus one guest)

What            DMS Holiday Celebration
                    Employee gift? You know it!
Where          DMS Training Center (Suite 105)
                    2025 E. Beltline Ave SE
                    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
When           December 7th, 2016 
                    Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
                    Happy Hour: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                
Why             You know why! 
                    ‘Tis the holiday season—time to celebrate!
Please RSVP with Emily no later than 12/02/16 ( or call (616) 942-2222)

DMS Career Progression CNA Scholarship 11/27/2016

Diversified Medical Staffing is excited to announce the career progression scholarship to qualified team members who wish to further their careers in healthcare by obtaining CNA certification.
How does one qualify? Fantastic question! To be eligible for this opportunity, team members must:
1.      Have a minimum of 6 months working with DMS
2.      “Apply” by writing a letter of request to the department manager
In addition to paying half of the initial cost (up to $600), DMS will pay the certification test fee, and will even reimburse for the remaining expenses (up to an additional $600) if the team member agrees to work more than 600 hours with DMS—incredible!
Do you believe in yourself? So do we.

Please call (616) 942-2222 for more information about this tremendous opportunity!


Diversified Medical Staffing

Congratulations, Jessica! 11/25/2016

DMS is thrilled to recognize Jessica McAllister on becoming the first ever graduate of Diversified Medical Staffing’s CNA Career Progression Scholarship Program. Jessica began her career at DMS as a caregiver on June 14th, 2013.  On November 11th, 2016, she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certification from Flat River Medical—which included over 75 hours of lectures, hands-on laboratory practice and a final practicum. Not only did Jessica pass her certification on the first try, she was working in a healthcare facility less than 48 hours later!

Advice to future candidates:

“Do your best—study hard. Represent DMS because they chose you.”

“To be chosen as the very first candidate was heartwarming. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Hello: DMS Training Center 11/25/2016

Don’t forget to say hey to the newest addition to DMS—our brand-new (approx.) 1400 Sq. ft. training center! Located inside the familiar Weyhill Building (Suite 105), this newly dedicated training center has been renovated, designed and purposed for the convenient delivery of dynamic, hands-on instruction for all DMS field staff.

From home health basics—like transfers—to advanced healthcare instruction—like oxygen assistance and trach tube care—the DMS Training Center provides a modern, relaxed area for an elevated learning experience emphasizing skill demonstration and application.

Hello: Laurie Brown 11/16/2016

DMS is pleased to welcome the latest and greatest addition to the home care team: Laurie Brown, Client Care Coordinator. Laurie brings a wealth of tremendous experience to DMS at Home, including over 35 years as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. As Client Care Coordinator, Laurie will be managing all new, non-clinical clients, as well as, developing robust partnerships with new and potential clients. Welcome to DMS, Laurie!

Hello (Again): Emily Potratz 9/28/2016

DMS is delighted to announce the return of Emily Potratz—Administrative Assistant.  In the past, Ms. Emily had been a cornerstone for DMS at Home as both Caregiver and Scheduler. Now, she is back and ready to provide exceptional support to both divisions of Diversified Medical Staffing. Welcome back, Em!

Hello: Amanda Griffin and Kevin DeMann 9/6/2016

DMS is eager to announce the recent arrival of two new Medical Staffing team members: Amanda Griffin (Client Relations Specialist-Long Term Care) and Kevin DeMann (Recruiting Assistant).

Hello (Again): Becky Sharum (Medical Staffing) and Hello: Abby Riggio (Home Care) 7/22/2016

DMS is proud to welcome Becky Sharum back to the team. Becky has rejoined DMS to coordinate the medical staffing recruiting efforts. A Muskegon native, Becky has over 18 years of healthcare experience—six of those years with Diversifed Medical Staffing. Needless to say, Becky is leading the charge to find the most ideal healthcare candidates—from Nurse Aides to Physician Assistants—all over West Michigan. Welcome home, Becky!

Additionally, please help us welcome the newest member of DMS at Home—Abby Riggio. Abby is one of two schedulers in the home care department. In her first months on the job, Abby has made quite a dynamic impression on our staff and clients because of her stellar communication and attention to detail.  In 2014, Abby earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Grand Valley. Keep up the fantastic work, Abby!

New Employee Referral Program 10/9/2015

Refer a friend today! 

DMS Job Fair 9/2/15 Wednesday 8a-5p 9/1/2015

DMS is having a Healthcare Job Fair!
Wed, September 2, 2015 8am - 5pm

Hello: Danette Crump 3/31/2015

Diversifed Medical Staffing received a HUGE boost with the addition of our newest scheduler, Danette Crump. Not only does Danette bring tremendous energy and optimism to the home care team, is she a solution-focused go-getter with a huge heart for the elderly and animals. Welcome, Danette!

March Madness Referral Bonus Program 3/5/2015

DMS values our current employees and would love to have the opportunity to hire employees just like you! We are offering a March Madness Referral Bonus. The details of this special bonus are: 
Refer a current *Certified Medical Assistant, *Registered Medical Assistant or Certified Nurse Aide You will be awarded $50 when the candidate is hired, and an additional $50 upon completion of an additional 100 hours worked.  Total potential referral bonus = $100
*= Must be validated through the AMT or AAMA website
For more information contact:
Diversified Medical Staffing
Sam Kamal   (616) 942-2222
Visit us on our website @

Please Welcome Our New Human Resources Manager 12/15/2014

Diversified Medical Staffing is happy to announce the start of our new Human Resources Manager, Don St. Andre

DMS Welcomes 2 New Team Members! 3/17/2014

DMS welcomes both Stacy Blanch and Caitlin Anderson to our internal office support team!

Team Addition 11/7/2013

We are excited to announce Carol Helsel has joined Diversified Medical Staffing/DMS AT HOME as the Director of Operations and Human Resources.

DMS Website Update 10/25/2013

Since you are seeing this page, you are visitiing the updated website so thank you.

Welcome 4/29/2013

We are thrilled to welcome Theresa Wilson to DMS At Home.

INC 5000, DMS number 1909! 9/6/2012

We are thrilled Diversified Medical Staffing has been ranked on the Inc 500|5000 list.

Home Care Coordinator 4/23/2012

We are hiring for a home care coordinator.

Gerontology, Aging, and job opportunities 4/11/2012

I recently attended a conference at a local community college that featured a certificate in Gerontology.  With the growth DMS has seen in the home health market and working with the aging population, I thought it would be beneficial for me to understand the program better.

Long Time 3/29/2012

It has been a long time since I have posted any updates!

New Office 11/15/2011

We are officially in our new office - Suite 310 of the same building.

Increased Referral Bonus = Holiday gift dollars 10/31/2011

We recently increased our Referral Bonus as we are in need of more in-patient specialty RNs.  If you refer a specialty nurse who works 100 hours for DMS, we will pay you $250.00 for the referral.

Article on DMS 10/3/2011

Please copy and paste the link below to read an article on DMS that was in Rapid Growth Media.  I am sorry there is not a better way to get this link to you.

More New Employees 9/26/2011

Shame on me for not taking the time to update this blog.  We have several new employees we have hired in the past months and most recently.

New Employees 8/10/2011

Today we welcomed our newest internal employee, Nick Dressander, Recruiting Specialist.  We are excited to have Nick on board and look forward to getting him get up to speed.

Holiday Pay 7/15/2011

As a benefit to our outside staff, we pay a Holiday bonus to employees who have worked in excess of 1000 hours in the prior 6 months.

Client Recognition! 7/13/2011

Just yesterday, one of our home care clients came to our office and recognized us for outstanding service and for going above and beyond for the well being of the patient.

DMS Website - Job Application improvement  6/24/2011

We have recently made an improvement to our website which more completely lists ALL of our open jobs.

Positive News on Staffing 6/10/2011

In an industry publication, I recently read an article reagrding a survey of staffing buyers.

Recruiter 5/31/2011

If you have visited our job openings page lately, you will have noticed that we have a Recruiting Specialist position open.

Do DMS employees love DMS? 4/15/2011

I sure hope so.  An industry magazine recently had an article about the best staffing companies to work for.  Being a staffing company, we have two sets of employees; internal or corporate employees and our hourly or field staff employees.

Referral Bonuses 3/3/2011

We are requesting more referrals from our valued employees.  To help that along, we have updated our Referral Bonus policy.  Here is how it works:

Good News 2/14/2011

In case you don't follow the economic indicators on a national scope I thought I would provide an update.  The general indicators and GDP projections are more favorable than they were two months ago.

Recruiting 2/7/2011

We have changed some internal operations here at DMS in the past month.  As we have grown in the past several months, our recruiting needs have increased to the point where we have had a difficult time keeping up.  In response to that, we have changed our internal structure.

401k 2/1/2011

I am pleased to announce that we have added a 401k for our employees this year.  Those qualified (1 year of service and 1000 hours worked last year) will be invited to participate in 2011.

Healthcare staffing needs and Healthcare Reform 1/12/2011

January 2011 has picked up right where 2010 left off - which is many needs for Nurses, Medical Assistants, Phlebotomists (to name a few disciplines).

Another New Team Member 12/23/2010

We added to our internal staff again this week, adding Jeanna Rauschert as our Human Resources Manager.

More Growth 12/17/2010

We added to our internal staff this week at DMS.  Please welcome Annie Klooster, who started Monday as an Employee Coordinator.

Thank You 11/23/2010

It is Thanksgiving on Thursday so I thought it appropriate to mention what I am thankful for here at DMS.  We have had a tremendous year of growth.

Applying made easier! 10/26/2010

We at DMS are days away from implementing a new recruiting and on-boarding system that will eliminate much of our application paperwork.

HELP! Communication - CENAs 10/15/2010

We have been brainstorming inside the company of late trying to find out better ways to communicate with CENAs who work for us.

2011 10/1/2010

2011 is looking to be a year of big change for our industry of healthcare.  I believe that now, more than ever, we are in a very dynamic and fast changing industry with great growth potential.

Flu Shots 9/16/2010

We highly recommend getting a flu shot this year, especially if you work in healthcare.

Labor Day 9/2/2010

It is nearing Labor Day and soon, if not already, back to school.  Enjoy the last official weekend of summer and travel safely if you are headed out of town.

Unemployment 8/19/2010

Unemployment is not a pretty word.  I do have some good news in this regard however.  As part of the changes to the last unemployment extension, "EUC Fix" has been added.

New Team Member 8/9/2010

I would like to welcome our newest internal team member, Bonnie Swanson, RN, BSN.  Bonnie started last week and her responsibilities center on recruiting and retaining talent for DMS.  As employees you will be hearing from Bonnie as her training winds down in the next few days.  Feel free to call and introduce yourself to her.

Welcome 8/2/2010

Welcome to our blog, and to our updated website!  I hope you find our blog postings beneficial and timely. We hope to share with you the most up-to-date information here and encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues.