The DMS Blog
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!
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!
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**
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?
Career Progression CNA Scholarship (Become eligible in only six months!)
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!
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*
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!
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!
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 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!
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
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.”
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.
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!
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!
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).
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!
DMS is having a Healthcare Job Fair!
Wed, September 2, 2015 8am - 5pm
INTERVIEWS ON THE SPOT!!
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!
REFERRAL BONUS PROGRAM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit us on our website @ dmshome.com
DMS is pleased to announce two new additions to our team! Ken Burns recently joined our DMS at Home division as HR Assistant. Ken has recently graduated the BA program in Public Law with honors from Western Michigan University. Sam Kamal also recently joined DMS as the Lead Recruiter in the Medical Staffing division, bringing 10 years of recruiting experience. We're pleased to welcome both Sam and Ken and look forward to the expertise they bring to our team!
Diversified Medical Staffing is happy to announce the start of our new Human Resources Manager, Don St. Andre
DMS welcomes both Stacy Blanch and Caitlin Anderson to our internal office support team!
We are excited to announce Carol Helsel has joined Diversified Medical Staffing/DMS AT HOME as the Director of Operations and Human Resources.
Since you are seeing this page, you are visitiing the updated website so thank you.
We are thrilled to welcome Theresa Wilson to DMS At Home.
We are thrilled Diversified Medical Staffing has been ranked on the Inc 500|5000 list.
We are hiring for a home care coordinator.
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.
It has been a long time since I have posted any updates!
We are officially in our new office - Suite 310 of the same building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have recently made an improvement to our website which more completely lists ALL of our open jobs.
In an industry publication, I recently read an article reagrding a survey of staffing buyers.
If you have visited our job openings page lately, you will have noticed that we have a Recruiting Specialist position open.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
January 2011 has picked up right where 2010 left off - which is many needs for Nurses, Medical Assistants, Phlebotomists (to name a few disciplines).
We added to our internal staff again this week, adding Jeanna Rauschert as our Human Resources Manager.
We added to our internal staff this week at DMS. Please welcome Annie Klooster, who started Monday as an Employee Coordinator.
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.
We at DMS are days away from implementing a new recruiting and on-boarding system that will eliminate much of our application paperwork.
We have been brainstorming inside the company of late trying to find out better ways to communicate with CENAs who work for us.
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.
We highly recommend getting a flu shot this year, especially if you work in healthcare.
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 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.
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 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.