TROY, MI--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - Kelly Healthcare Resources, a specialty service of Kelly Services Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) (NASDAQ: KELYB), has achieved the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care staffing services from The Joint Commission.

Kelly Healthcare Resources (KHR) underwent an unannounced, on-site review of its compliance with national standards of addressing how staffing firms determine the qualifications and competency of their staff, how they place their staff, and how they monitor staff's performance.

"Health care organizations that contract with Kelly Healthcare Resources can look to this certification as an assurance that Kelly demonstrates a commitment to providing and continuously improving quality services," says Michele Sacco, M.S., executive director, Health Care Staffing Services Certification, The Joint Commission.

The ongoing shortages of nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals have forced health care organizations to increasingly fill positions with temporary employees through contractual arrangements with staffing firms. The Joint Commission's certification program, launched in October 2004, offers an independent, comprehensive evaluation of a staffing firm's abilities to provide competent staffing services.

"Certification recognizes our commitment and dedication to providing health care professionals who are qualified to provide safe, high-quality care to patients," says Connie Gray, vice president, Kelly Healthcare Resources. "We're proud to receive the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™."

"Certification reflects the high level of service and attention to quality processes that frame our business practices," says Grace Paranzino, chief clinical officer, Kelly Healthcare Resources. "Our clients and employees can be confident that we provide services that are focused on quality, safety and performance improvement."

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at

About Kelly Healthcare Resources

Kelly Healthcare Resources has steadily grown into a leading provider of comprehensive health care staffing needs to all facilities, companies, and organizations involved in servicing the health care community. Since its launch in 1999, KHR has placed professionals across all levels of health care in multiple disciplines, including medical laboratory, medical device, pharmacy and pharmacology, nursing, MRI/CT and X-ray technicians, allied health, behavioral health, healthcare billing/coding, utilization, case management, occupational health, special education, and physical therapy. For more information, visit

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