New healthcare HR professionals contribute to driving change in healthcare

Denver, CO and Woburn, MA — September 25, 2012 — With all the focus on improving the effectiveness and quality of the US healthcare system in the last few years, one simple fact often gets overlooked — all change in healthcare starts with the healthcare workforce. That presents healthcare human resources professionals with an important responsibility — to proactively and strategically lead this change — and requires that the best and the brightest enter the healthcare HR profession. To support these emerging healthcare HR leaders, HealthcareSource®, the leading provider of talent management software solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the winners of the third annual HealthcareSource New-to-the-Profession ASHHRA Annual Conference Grants. The grants enable the winners to attend the 2012 ASHHRA 48th Annual Conference & Exposition taking place this week (September 22-25, 2012) in Denver, CO.

These grants provide financial assistance to healthcare HR practitioners who are new in their careers and wish to further their knowledge by attending the ASHHRA Conference. The grant fulfills a commitment commonly shared by both ASHHRA and HealthcareSource to support the next generation of healthcare HR leaders with educational and networking opportunities.

The grant recipients were identified in a special recognition reception on September 22, where Michael DiPietro VP Marketing and Product Management, HealthcareSource commented: “A quickly evolving healthcare model, with accountable care, the affordable care act, and HCAHPS, requires the healthcare workforce to evolve and adapt. This change must be lead by a strategic HR function and that requires fresh ideas and fresh talent. As the leading provider of talent management software solutions to healthcare, everyday we see the incredible work being done by Healthcare HR professionals to lead this change. This grant is one small way for us to give back to the profession that is critical to the future of our US healthcare system.”

The HealthcareSource ASHHRA “New to the Profession” grant winners are:

Krysty Hinman, The Nebraska Medical Center
Krysty entered the field of healthcare HR because “I have a clinician’s heart, but I didn’t want to be a clinician.” She felt that by focusing on healthcare HR, she could have a big impact on patient care by helping those who provide direct patient care. Krysty has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bellevue University. “We are a leading medical center and one of the largest employers in our area. I feel a responsibility to the patients, employees and community to learn best practices in healthcare HR at ASHHRA and implement them when I return. I’m eager to deepen my healthcare HR career by strengthening my leadership capabilities through the ASHHRA learning sessions and networking and become more involved with ASHHRA at a state and regional level.”

Ashley Fix, Memorial Physicians, PLLC
Ashley demonstrates the drive that makes healthcare HR professionals special. “I entered the field of healthcare human resources because healthcare is faced with challenges unlike any before. As a healthcare human resource professional, I look forward to contributing creative ideas to help patients, employees and provider through this transition.” She will use the grant to leverage ASHHRA’s professional development resources and strengthen her role as change agent. She is especially excited to learn what HR can do to support Memorial Physicians’ pursuit of the “Balridge Journey” and build upon her people strategies. “The ASHHRA conference will be an excellent opportunity to listen, learn and interact with healthcare leaders from across the nation.”

Michelle Martin, Lee Regional Medical Center
After getting her degree in business administration from King College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Michelle chose to pursue a career in healthcare human resources because, “Human Resources is the resource for humans to care for others, while they care for patients.” She wishes to focus her efforts on supporting her organization’s values of Integrity, compassion, respect, empowerment and being innovative. “I would like to enhance my learning in HR strategy by understanding how to align people strategy with corporate strategy.” Michelle is committed to the ASHHRA HR Leader Model Competencies, focusing on Personal Leadership. “I look for personal leadership in others and want others to be able to look to me for that personal leadership as well.”

Stephanie Drake, Executive Director of ASHHRA, commented, “ASHHRA is leading the way in educating and developing the healthcare HR professionals of tomorrow. Through this partnership with HealthcareSource, three HR professionals will learn, connect and gain expertise. They will then impact thousands or tens of thousands of healthcare workers over their career. We thank HealthcareSource for their ongoing commitment to giving back to the healthcare HR community. ASHHRA appreciates their continued support.”

Founded in 1964, ASHHRA is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and has more than 3500 members nationwide. It leads the way for members to become more effective, valued, and credible leaders in healthcare human resources. As the foremost authority in healthcare human resources, it provides timely and critical support through research, learning and knowledge sharing, professional development, products and resources, and provides opportunities for networking and collaboration. For more information about ASHHRA, visit our website at

About HealthcareSource
With over 1,700 healthcare facilities as clients, HealthcareSource is the leading provider of talent management software for the healthcare industry. Through its software-as-a-service solutions, HealthcareSource helps healthcare organizations source, hire, assess and develop the best workforce possible in order to reduce costs and to improve patient satisfaction and safety. The company’s talent management solutions include applicant tracking, onboarding, performance management, behavioral assessments, reference checking, physician recruiting, and a leading healthcare job board. A private corporation, HealthcareSource focuses exclusively on the healthcare industry and consistently earns high marks for client satisfaction and retention. HealthcareSource was named 2011 category leader for Talent Management by KLAS Research. For more information, visit


Media Contacts:
Patrick Rafter for HealthcareSource
Sharon Allen for ASHHRA