For Omaha-based Triage Medical Staffing, the current preparation of its new headquarters building is important, but equal attention is being given to work-flow processes and the firm’s enhanced technology base. “We’re getting a pretty good handle on ins, outs, ups and downs of medical traveling, an industry that has exploded in the last few years,” […]For Omaha-based Triage Medical Staffing, the current preparation of its new headquarters building is important, but equal attention is being given to work-flow processes and the firm’s enhanced technology base. “We’re getting a pretty good handle on ins, outs, ups and downs of medical traveling, an industry that has exploded in the last few years,” said founder and CEO John Maaske of Triage Medical Staffing. Maaske co-owns the Omaha-based company with 380 employees with founder and COO Tyler Pieper. And there’s no letup planned for anytime soon. Triage, which has enjoyed three-fold growth in the past couple of years, places travel nursing, laboratory, radiology, cardiopulmonary and rehab therapy talent in facilities across the country. Triage, which was founded in Omaha in 2006 with four employees, expects to hire its 500th employee early in 2023. In addition to hiring new travel nurse recruiters and allied health recruiters, Maaske said he expects to add support staff in compliance, innovation, people and culture, marketing and finance over the next couple years, both in its Omaha headquarters and satellite office in Cincinnati. Triage has been recognized by Inc. Magazine six times as one of the fastest growing companies in America and a top travel company for the fifth consecutive year by BluePipes, a health care management recording program. “We’ve deliberately built Triage on a foundation of not just being a traveling nursing company but rather as a traveling allied health company with most recently the addition of radiology, medical laboratory and rehabilitation therapy,” Maaske said. He said cardiopulmonary and respiratory therapists have been strongly demanded by health care institutions due to pandemic issues in the treatment of asthmatics and those with other breathing conditions. Still, nursing — which is responsible for about 70% of placements — leads other categories in growth opportunities. Contracts, on average, are signed for stints of about 13 weeks. Most medical institutions want nurses with at least two years of experience. “We serve about 1,000 medical facilities annually,” Maaske said. “Based on demand and on-call hours, the average traveling nurse will work in excess of 36 to 40 hours a week.” Triage’s retention rate is 65 to 66%. The firm serves all 50 states, with its greatest concentration of workers on the East and West Coasts.
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