Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse agency team.  

We met up with Trisha Hankins, Executive Director of the Healthcare National team.

Trisha started her staffing career at Green Key in 2018 as an Account Executive working on the Orlando Professional Services team.

How did you first get started in recruiting?

I started my career in the manufacturing and logistics sector, mainly hiring for short-term assignments on a high-volume basis. My first position set me up for success due to the strict metrics and the busy industrial territory in which I worked. The lessons learned were valuable and the experience was beneficial to my career.   

Are there any specific roles in-demand right now? 

Yes, my team and I are currently working with a new client to fill multiple provider roles. Specifically, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner roles. We also hope to win other areas of their business including various clinic roles as well as office support roles housed at their corporate office. The client is based in the West Coast and operates in about 12 states with close to 200 locations. I am excited to see the partnership between my team and the client develop as we have exclusivity with them, and they are very communicative.

What tips would you give someone looking to get into healthcare recruiting?

In recruiting there are a lot of rejections and frustrating moments, so I would tell someone looking to get into healthcare recruiting to remember that the market is always changing. Learn to put the bad days behind them, let go and be ready to start fresh every day. It’s also important to be persistent and keep a positive attitude. For me, the rewarding aspects of this career far outweigh the negative.

How can a candidate set themselves apart in the healthcare industry? 

Candidates can set themselves apart by showing enthusiasm and asking the right questions to ensure not only they are a good fit for the job but that the job is a good fit for them. And I always recommend candidates send thank you notes following an interview. This small gesture only takes a few minutes but can have a lasting impression on a client.

How do you stay updated on changes and developments within the healthcare industry to better serve your clients and candidates?

I work hard to develop a good rapport with my clients, and by doing this I have built friendships with many hiring leaders. I call my clients on a regular basis to see what’s going on in their world, they really are my eyes and ears on updates in the industry. I also utilize news journals, newspapers, websites, and LinkedIn.

Do you and your team have any goals for the rest of the year?

Currently we have more jobs to fill than when we started the year. So, we are aiming to fill as many as we possibly can. We want to end this last quarter strong and be ready to conquer 2024.

Jun 6, 2023

Your Health Could Depend on What’s In Your Gut

Nutritionists have long told us “You are what you eat,” an adage embodied in the food pyramid every child learns in school. Now, out of the Netherlands comes evidence that what’s in our gut has a connection to a variety of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

Presenting the findings of a broad study of 422,417 unrelated adults of British ancestry, author Dr. Hilde Groot of University Medical Centre Groningen in the Netherlands, said the bacteria and other microorganisms found in the human digestive tract – the gut microbiome — influence our health.

Speaking at the virtual meeting last month of the European Society of Cardiology, Groot said, “Our study indicates that microbiota might have an important role in maintaining health and could help us develop novel treatments.”

Higher levels of 11 types of bacteria were associated with a total of 28 health and disease outcomes. These included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), atopy (a genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases like asthma and eczema), frequency of alcohol intake, high blood pressure and high blood lipids.

A number of previous studies have found a relationship between the gut microbiome and individual diseases. Medicine has sometimes turned to fecal transplants to rebuild colonies of helpful bacteria wiped out by heavy antibiotic use.

The Netherlands study is the first one to investigate multiple diseases and other traits in a single group of individuals.

Rather than attempt to measure the make-up of each study subject’s microbiome, the researchers used genetic data from the UK Biobank as a proxy. They also collected information on a wide range of diseases and other characteristics including body mass index and blood pressure.

“Considering that the results were observed in one cohort, this cautiously supports the notion that microbiota and the substances they produce (called metabolites) provide links between numerous diseases and conditions,” said Groot.

She cautioned however that “More research is needed to validate our findings.”

“Follow-up studies are required to study causality before giving concrete advice to the public and health professionals. This study provides clues where to go.”

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