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Steamy Savannah was a lovely setting for the 43rd Annual NAHCR Image Conference which drew more than 40 exhibitors and a record number of attendees in July.

More than 50 recruiters and managers attended our educational panel discussion, Grow your impact as a strategic business partner with data-driven hiring processes. Participating panelists joining SkillSurvey CEO Ray Bixler were Heather Grier, Director of Talent Management, McLeod Health, William Poynter, VP of Talent Acquisition, HealthSouth Corporation and Theresa Mazzaro, RN, BA, CHCR, RACR, Recruitment Manager, Adventist HealthCare. Note, you can also check out some of their case studies on our customer page.

During this session, panelists shared some of the innovative approaches they’ve implemented to support their talent acquisition functions while building strong, effective relationships with their business partners. Panelists outlined their stories of success, highlighting the best practices they’ve come to depend upon within their organizations. They also discussed the following topics and their impact on hiring in healthcare:

  • The talent deficit and how that is impacting hiring at all levels
  • The impact of shrinking tenure on talent acquisition teams
  • Hiring and retaining staff across all generational boundaries
  • Obtaining insight on candidate soft skills and how they impact HCAHPS
  • Leveraging online reference checks and other assessments to select talent
  • The early stage uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning in hiring

We are thankful that these gifted healthcare talent leaders were willing to share the work they’ve done to enable informed, objective hiring decisions and very specific examples of tried-and-true best practices. Their candor and openness during this session provided a great atmosphere for sharing and gave our attendees good food for thought and innovative solutions they could take home to their own facilities.

Traffic and conversations in the exhibit hall were also fantastic. Many of attendees stopped by to discuss the challenges they are facing when trying to source and hire top talent for their facilities. CEO Ray Bixler, who was recently named Institutional Member at Large to the 2017-2018 NAHCR Board of Directors, had the honor of cutting the ribbon to kick-off the first reception! This year, we were excited to feature our newest solutions, SkillSurvey ReferenceTM and SkillSurvey SourceTM, in both the exhibit hall and during our breakfast discussion with attendees.

SkillSurvey Reference provides talent acquisition professionals with a rich and flexible solution to help hire the right talent for any role through online reference checking. With more than 100 job specific surveys specifically written for healthcare organizations, we help our customers reduce turnover and improve their HCAHPS scores by making better hiring decisions. And we know how tough this hiring market is, our new solution SkillSurvey Source will help you build a pipeline of talent leveraging references and referrals. If you are looking for a reference checking service to support your talent acquisition function, we’d love to help your organization.

The 2017 NAHCR IMAGE Conference provides a fantastic opportunity for healthcare recruiters to learn and share. We were thrilled to be part of the educational process with our panel discussion and our breakfast presentation on Thursday. We like to think we were also a part of the conference fun as well, celebrating the successes of the NAHCR membership during the return of the gala event, and even hosting our own golf-themed kick-off reception on Tuesday! Thanks for another great conference, and we look forward to next year’s event on July 10-13, 2018 in Scottsdale AZ. See you there!

Check out a few of our photos from the 2017 NAHCR Image Conference:

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