WOBURN, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 28, 2016) -  HealthcareSource®, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the winners of the seventh annual HealthcareSource New-to-the-Profession ASHHRA Annual Conference Grants. The grants enabled the winners to attend the ASHHRA 52nd Annual Conference & Exposition held in Grapevine, Texas, on September 24-27, 2016.

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

The 2016 HealthcareSource New-to-the-Profession ASHHRA Annual Conference Grant winners are:

Sara Hilton, HR Recruiter, Southern Illinois Healthcare
"I've known all my life that I wanted to do something that would help people, and once I got to college I realized there was so much more to healthcare than just clinical positions. My membership to ASHHRA has already influenced how I approach my career; ASHHRA makes me a more efficient and educated employee, which benefits our entire organization." 

Barbara Lutz, Vice President of Human Resources, Salida Hospital District, Colorado
"I applied for the VP of HR position at Salida Hospital District because I enjoy being a mentor to and improving communications with all employees in the organization. By having access to ASHHRA benchmarking and metrics, I am able to establish attainable goals and develop a strategic HR plan that is visible to staff and board members at our organization."

Theodis Wright, Director of Human Resources, Southeast Community Health Systems, Louisiana 
"I knew that moving from higher education to healthcare would be a challenge, and I am excited to be part of a growing field where I can make a difference in patient care. ASHHRA helps me achieve my goal of increasing my healthcare business knowledge and understanding the regulations specific to the industry." 

The grant recipients were recognized at the Welcome Reception on September 24, 2016.

"HealthcareSource is proud to support the continuing education and professional development of these healthcare HR leaders," said Rachel Weeks, senior director of marketing at HealthcareSource. "We are proud to partner with ASHHRA and support HR professionals who are new to healthcare and will be able to provide their organizations with the knowledge and experience to build a Patient-Centered Workforce™ -- a workforce of highly-engaged people and teams who always endeavor to provide patient-centered care."

"ASHHRA and our members are grateful for HealthcareSource's continued commitment to the professional development of the healthcare HR community," said Catherine Carruth, executive director, ASHHRA. "ASHHRA and HealthcareSource share the belief that continuing education and professional development for healthcare HR professionals are critical components to building a workforce that's engaged and dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care for patients and families."

About HealthcareSource
With more than 3,000 healthcare clients, HealthcareSource is the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry. The HealthcareSource Quality Talent Suite(SM) helps healthcare organizations build a Patient-Centered Workforce™ by selecting, aligning, continuously developing, and retaining highly-engaged people. The company's cloud-based platform of software, content, services and analytics includes applicant tracking, reference checking, behavioral and skills-based competency assessments, compensation analysis, performance and learning management, eLearning courseware, education, and advisory services. A private company focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, HealthcareSource consistently earns high marks for client satisfaction and retention. HealthcareSource has been regularly ranked as a leader by KLAS Research for Talent Management, in addition to recognition in Healthcare Informatics 100, Modern Healthcare's "Healthcare's Hottest," Inc. 500|5000, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and Becker's "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" list.

Founded in 1964, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and has approximately 3,000 members nationwide. ASHHRA leads the way for members to become more effective, valued, and credible leaders in health care human resources. As the foremost authority in health care human resources, ASHHRA provides timely and critical support through research, learning and knowledge sharing, professional development, products and resources, and provides opportunities for networking and collaboration. ASHHRA offers the only certification distinguishing health care human resource professionals, the Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR).

Contact Information:

Media Contact, HealthcareSource:
Rachel Weeks