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7 California Hospitals Honored by the U.S. News & World Report

Wondering if your hospital made the list this year? According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking hospitals reside in California in 2017-18! With 420 health centers in the Golden State, 53 meet the exceptional U.S. News guidelines and are ranked in state. Hospitals in Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles and more made the cut out of more than 5,000 medical centers across the nation.

Check out where each hospital excelled in specific ranking and specialities in the list below!

UCSF Medical Center #1 in California

Ranked nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialities, UCSF Medical Center is a 745-bed medical and surgical facility with nearly 30,000 admissions in the most recent year reported. Achieving the most impressive rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions, UCSF Medical Center has had outstanding performance in specialities including Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology.

UCLA Medical Center #2 in California

Performing over 9,000 annual inpatient and nearly 17,000 outpatient surgeries, UCLA Medical Center is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialities and 15 adult specialities including Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Nephrology. High performing in certain procedures like aortic valve surgery and conditions such as heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), this Los Angeles located medical center exceeds expectations in serving the most medically complicated patients.


Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital  #3 in California

Based in Palo Alto, California, Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital has close to 500 beds with over 25,000 admissions in the latest year reported. Nationally ranked in 13 adult specialities and #1 in the San Jose metro area, this NorCal medical center has been recognized as high performing in 8 different procedures and conditions such as COPD, knee replacement, and heart failure.


Cedars Sinai Medical Center #4 in California

Cedars Sinai Medical Center is an LA based Medical Center that specializes in General Medical and Surgical Practice. With 885 beds and and more than 88,000 Emergency Room visits, Cedars Sinai is large and world renowned medical institution. Rated 4th in the Nation for both Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Cedars Sinai is both regionally and nationally recognized. Boasting a top 20 rating in 8 specialties, Cedars Sinai is extremely well rounded and continues to be considered one of the best hospitals in the state.

Scripps La Jolla Hospitals #6 in California

A 203-bed surgical and medical facility with over 37,000 emergency room visits, Scripps La Jolla Hospitals is nationally ranked in 8 adult specialities. With top performance ratings in Gynecology and Diabetes & Endocrinology, Scripps is also a powerhouse hospital in heart bypass surgery, lung cancer surgery, and hip replacement.

UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center #7 in California

Regionally ranked as #2 in the San Diego metro area, UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center outshines in 8 adult specialities, and 8 adult procedures and conditions. Transcending the rest with their high quality performance, this San Diego native medical center ranks in Pulmonology, colon cancer surgery, and aortic valve surgery.

Keck Hospital of USC #10 in California

Helping patients make the difficult decision on where to receive care, U.S. News evaluates close to 5,000 medical centers in 16 adult specialities, 9 adult conditions and procedures and 10 children’s specialities. Ranked across the country in 5 adult specialities, Keck Hospital of USC is proficient in cancer specialities, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, as well as several more procedures and conditions.

Going above and beyond in the healthcare industry, it’s safe to say these California hospitals are some of the best in the West – and across the country!

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals? Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!


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National Locum Tenens Week 2017

Happy National Locum Tenens Week!

It’s officially National Locum Tenens Week! Created by the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO) for the very first time, Locum Tenens Week is dedicated to the important people behind Locum Tenens.

Growing quickly in recent years, the locum tenens segment of the staffing industry is essential to successful healthcare around the country. Back in the early 1970’s, a federal grant was awarded to University of Utah to provide the medical staffing industry to rural health clinics in underserved locations of the U.S. Proving extremely successful, hospital administrators and doctors starting calling for locum tenens staff assistance.

Now, close to thousands of doctors, physicians and healthcare centers work with locum tenens companies that supply services for outpatient medical centers, hospitals, government and military facilities, community health centers, and more.

This over twenty-year industry has made a real impact in the history of healthcare. From August 14-18, NALTO aims to recognize the important work these nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, and doctors do each day. Whether they serve a couple shifts a year or travel across the country on long-term assignments, locum tenens providers make a profound effect in the lives of patients while ensuring medical centers and facilities are run at top quality performance.

As a member of NALTO, KPG Healthcare is honored to help celebrate the first ever National Locum Tenens Week! How do you get NALTO certified? All NALTO members must operate in accordance with and are held to the top standards of professional conduct that surround business practices and ethics, with a focus on integrity, proficiency, honesty and objectivity.

Your go-to resource for all things Locum Tenens, KPG Healthcare is not only NALTO certified but a high quality, full-service healthcare staffing organization that places and recruits Locum Tenens doctors, nurses, dental providers and more in both permanent and temporary assignments across the nation.

Celebrate the locum tenens at your facility this Locum Tenens Week by acknowledging their essential work and the difference they make in healthcare as a whole!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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Interview with a Provider Services Recruiter

Interview with Matt, one of KPG’s Provider Services Recruiters

Recruiting in the Healthcare sector is such an important job. Not only are you helping people take a step into a major change in their life, but you’re also working with dozens of people everyday to help them find the perfect career opportunity. Doctors and Physicians from around the country have found their dream opportunity with KPG Healthcare thanks to hard working recruiters like Matt! Learn a bit more about Matt and what sets KPG Healthcare apart below:

How did you become a Provider Services Recruiter?

I actually came into the recruiting world via, you guessed it, a recruiter! I had just moved to Florida and was in the market for a new position and landed a job with a large medical staffing company. It all kept rolling from there!

What do you feel that the pros and cons are with per diem, locum tenens and permanent placement for your physicians?

This could be a long list, but to narrow it down I would say Pros are flexibility, 1099 income, travel, and feeling out new facilities and groups. Not to mention, if you already have a full time job and are picking up locums on the side; some serious extra cash! Cons might be stability in terms of scheduling if you are a full time locums doc. Some locums gigs last a very long time, where others could simply be for maternity leave coverage. You might not know your whole years schedule in advance – which is exactly why locums can be such a great opportunity for these professionals!

What types of things stand out to you when you meet a professional looking for their next opportunity?

Responsiveness. At the end of the day, we work with people. And you can’t ever force someone to get back to you or to get that credentialing paperwork in. There’s a dream job out there for most people looking -but those applications don’t fill out themselves!

How do you determine what hospital or opportunity may be the best fit for somebody? What factors do you think are the most important to consider?

It’s a marriage of fit and facility. For locums you might be able to stretch and fit a square peg in a round hole once in a while, but those placements will eventually fall off or result in bad relationships. Location is probably the biggest factor. Money is a close second. Best is to have a short term plan and a long term plan. You need to be patient and persistent. Often times someone you spoke with months ago will be a perfect fit for a job that hasn’t even opened up yet!

What would you tell somebody that wanted to pick up per diem shifts on top of their current position?

Sure, let’s go. Tell me what you’re looking for – we’ve got you covered!

Tell us about your most rewarding recruiting experience:

My longest full time locums doctor worked with me for almost 3 years as his sole source of income. We had the same birthday and would send each other amazon gifts every year. I once sent him a pack of energy drinks and protein bars while on a long assignment. It went a long way! I also talked a Doc through changing a flat tire on a rental while she was driving to a remote hospital in Maine. After that, it’s safe to say I definitely had her trust!

KPG Healthcare specializes in flexible scheduling and offers malpractice coverage – what other things do you think are important in a placement?

We’re local. That’s pretty huge for doctors and clients. Knowing that we’re familiar with the area goes a long way. We know that 20 miles could mean a 90 minute commute. Also, as a client manager and recruiter, ultimately you’re selling yourself. We are good at what we do and have the best local relationships in the industry. Having a recruiter you trust is important for a doc who’s relying on you to get his bills paid.

What are your favorite things about working for KPG Healthcare?

KPG goes above and beyond for their clients is growing like crazy! It’s a great time to join as a provider, partnership or employee.Oh, and we also have a killer instagram page – what more could you want?!

How do you determine how best to find the perfect job for a candidate?

Tactical trial and error. It’s not throwing things against the wall and hoping they stick. It’s more about providing thought-out options based on what the provider has told you about their wants and needs. It’s okay to stretch the parameter a little too. Sometimes the perfect job is JUST outside the ideal travel radius – keep an open mind!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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