PARK CITY, UTAH (June 27, 2016) --- Supplemental Health Care, a portfolio company of The Vistria Group and a leading provider of healthcare workforce solutions, announced the appointment of Lesa Francis as President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Francis has extensive experience and success in staffing, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Staffmark, a role she assumed in 2011. Ms. Francis has also been named by Glassdoor as one of the highest rated CEOs nationwide and is one of only four women to receive the honor this year. She has consistently been selected as one of the Staffing 100 most influential and is also currently the Chairman of the American Staffing Association.
“Lesa is a top-tier executive with a rich background of growing and leading successful organizations in the staffing industry. She is ideally positioned to continue the growth strategy of Supplemental by introducing valuable solutions for the growing unmet staffing needs of healthcare providers. We are very pleased to add Lesa to our talented senior leadership team,” said Kip Kirkpatrick, Co-CEO of The Vistria Group.
Lesa replaces Stephen Ure who will retire but remain as a senior adviser to the Company. “I am very excited Lesa is joining Supplemental Health Care as my successor as Chief Executive. I have known Lesa for many years, and I think she is an extraordinary leader and executive. I have enjoyed my time as CEO of Supplemental and will retire knowing the company is in Lesa’s very capable hands. I know the Supplemental team will quickly come to appreciate Lesa’s engaging style and strategic thinking,” said Mr. Ure.
“Steve has done a tremendous job leading Supplemental as CEO, and we are very happy that we have the opportunity to continue working with him,” said Vistria’s Amy Christensen, who is also a board member of Supplemental. “We believe that Steve’s tremendous knowledge of Supplemental, combined with Lesa’s leadership and the staffing and healthcare expertise of our Chairman, Greg Palmer, and Vice Chairman, Ron Malone, will allow Supplemental to continue its impressive growth trajectory while remaining focused on its exceptional employees, clinicians, and clients.”
Ms. Francis added, “I have long admired Supplemental and its commitment to finding the highest quality clinicians for clients who need them most. I am extremely impressed by the leadership, diligence, and dedication that exists throughout the entire organization. I’m excited to work with this talented group of people as we continue to provide and expand comprehensive solutions for our clients’ growing workforce needs.”
Prior to being named CEO of Staffmark, Ms. Francis served as the President of Staffmark Holdings, Inc. (CBS Personnel Holdings Inc.) since November 2009 and also served as its Chief Operating Officer since 2006. Ms. Francis served as Executive Vice President of Branch Operations for Medical Staffing Network Holdings Inc. from 2005-2006. From 1991 to 2005, Ms. Francis served in various leadership roles for the staffing services business of Spherion Corporation. Ms. Francis received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University.
About Supplemental Health Care
Since its inception in 1984, Supplemental Health Care has served as a comprehensive workforce solutions provider, delivering highly customized strategies to address staffing challenges faced by healthcare organizations, schools, and correctional facilities. Leveraging a nationwide database of 3.5 million clinicians, Supplemental Health Care helps customers recruit and retain skilled clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals.
Headquartered in Park City, Utah, Supplemental Health Care maintains a network of 60 local offices in major markets across the U.S., which provides industry-leading, localized customer support and seamlessly connects clients to a national pool of traveling nurses, allied healthcare staff, physicians, and advanced practitioners. Supplemental Health Care also offers Managed Service Provider ("MSP") and Recruitment Process Outsourcing ("RPO") programs, which provide comprehensive outsourced management of temporary and permanent clinical staff recruitment, respectively.
About The Vistria Group
The Vistria Group is a Chicago-based private investment firm focused on investing in middle-market companies in the healthcare, education, and financial services sectors. Vistria’s team is comprised of highly experienced operating partners and private equity executives with proven track records of working with management teams in building innovative, market-leading companies.