Sage Growth Partners Reveals New Staffing Paradigm for Healthcare

White paper released in partnership with API Healthcare explores how Collaborative Staffing drives improved business and patient outcomes

Baltimore, MD – April 13, 2016 – Sage Growth Partners (SGP), a Baltimore-based healthcare strategy, technology and marketing firm today announced the release of a new white paper in partnership with API Healthcare, Disrupting Healthcare’s Legacy Approach to Staffing. Written by Patrick Ball, SGP Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consulting, the research and analysis discusses how Collaborative Staffing, a best-practice, evidence-based methodology, can effect positive change for healthcare organizations.

The white paper examines a shift in delivery models across industries, from Uber to mobile banking, and how the same process of cutting out the middle man can be successfully applied to healthcare. Called Collaborative Staffing, the methodology matches healthcare’s most valuable inputs, the healthcare workforce, with its most valuable outputs—patients. It uses skills-to-needs matching and staff-partnered processes to optimize both staff preferences and organizational needs.

In this model, management works cooperatively with staff to create schedules and fill open shifts across the organization. This gives staff more input and transparency into the scheduling process, and frees up management to spend more time with staff and patients. The white paper examines how healthcare organizations are currently using the Collaborative Staffing model and discusses how the methodology can improve the productivity, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of staff management, in addition to driving patient satisfaction.

“The healthcare industry lags far behind other industries in terms of innovative ways to match demand with supply,” said Ball. “We looked at this model with API Healthcare and found that it can truly benefit hospitals and staff, as well as patient care. Much like how Uber connects users directly with drivers, Collaborative Staffing allows staff to match directly with shifts. This process more efficiently manages supply and demand compared to outdated legacy staffing models, while also delivering transparency, staff satisfaction, cost control, and the optimization of human capital.”

The full white paper is available for download here. A Becker’s Hospital Review webinar featuring Ball presenting the Collaborative Staffing model can also be viewed online.

About API Healthcare

API Healthcare ( is focused on workforce optimization solutions exclusively for the healthcare industry. The company’s staffing and scheduling, patient classification, human resources, talent management, payroll, time and attendance, business analytics, and staffing agency solutions are used by more than 1,600 health systems and staffing agencies. Founded in 1982, API Healthcare has been rated by KLAS in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards Report ( as the top staffing and scheduling solution for four consecutive years (2012-2015).

About Sage Growth Partners

Sage Growth Partners is a healthcare strategy, technology and marketing firm. We provide insight and multi-disciplined execution to growth-minded healthcare organizations nationally, including hospitals, health systems, physicians groups, insurers, trade associations and academic institutions. With deep roots in the business of healthcare, Sage Growth Partners delivers solutions to complex industry and organizational challenges.

Founded in 2005, Sage Growth Partners is located in Baltimore, MD and serves clients such as GE Healthcare, Doctor’s Community Hospital, Capricorn Healthcare, Availity, Chase Brexton Health Care, LG Healthcare Solutions, St. Jude Medical and Wellcentive. Visit us online at

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