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Kent Giles to Lead New Telemedicine Company for Jackson Healthcare

ATLANTA, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackson Healthcare today announced Kent Giles as president of its newest operating company, Virtual Medical Staff. Virtual Medical Staff helps hospitals and other healthcare providers improve patient access to a staff of physicians who work remotely via telemedicine.

Giles brings more than 30 years of leadership experience and a successful track record of partnering with physicians to develop new models of care that improve patient access, enhance care quality and reduce costs.

Prior to Virtual Medical Staff, Giles served as CEO and managing partner of ROI Solutions, a firm that helps healthcare providers and payers implement effective technology and process solutions for care. He has also held leadership roles with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and HCA, the country's largest investor-owned hospital corporation. An active volunteer with organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, MUST Ministries, and Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, Giles is dedicated to community service.

"Kent understands healthcare and particularly the operational needs of hospitals, which is critical to delivering quality care through telemedicine," said R. Shane Jackson, president of Jackson Healthcare and LocumTenens.com. "We are excited to have Kent's expertise and leadership as we work towards our mission of ensuring that patients have timely access to care."

Launched as a service of LocumTenens.com in 2011, Virtual Medical Staff is a newly named spin-off that provides specialists and services that include telemedicine consultations with patients, physicians and other caregivers. Examples of these consultations include psychiatric evaluations or stroke assessments in the emergency room, ongoing counseling support, or surgical consultations with onsite surgery.

"My vision is to utilize telemedicine to improve patient access to high quality care while reducing costs," said Giles.

About Jackson Healthcare 
Jackson Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the U.S., serving more than five million patients in over 1,300 healthcare facilities. The company also provides hospitals with logistical solutions for patient throughput and systemic operational efficiency. Jackson has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work. Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized the company as one of the Best Places to Work for seven consecutive years. Visit JacksonHealthcare.com to learn more.

About Virtual Medical Staff
Virtual Medical Staff gives patients digital access to any physician specialty, anywhere in the world, any time. Our services reach into hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, prisons and government healthcare facilities, providing access to care at a lower cost than traditional staffing options. Learn more at VirtualMedStaff.com.

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