Emerald Health Services Founder & CEO, Mark Stagen Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2007 Award Winner in Los Angeles

Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Business Services Category

June 27, 2007

 

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emerald Health Services, a premier healthcare staffing firm, today announced that Mark Stagen, Founder & CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in the business services category in Los Angeles. According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mark Stagen was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year gala event on June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

 

"I am honored to receive this prominent award from Ernst & Young, be a part of this process and among these truly talented, intellectual executives and industry visionaries," said Mark Stagen, Founder and CEO, Emerald Health Services. "Our mission - from day one - has been to make a difference in the healthcare industry by starting a company that supports both hospitals and healthcare professionals around the country. At Emerald Health Services we understand the far reaching impact of the nursing shortage and seek to provide solutions to meet the hospital's staffing needs and the employment needs for nurses across the nation."

 

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and continues to honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

 

"Ernst & Young is honored to recognize extraordinary business leaders, such as Mark Stagen, and the companies they have built," said Tony Radaich, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Los Angeles.

 

As a Los Angeles award winner, Mark Stagen is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 17, 2007. The national Entrepreneur Of The Year celebration is part of Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Forum. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.

 

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have Bank of America as the national presenting sponsor, as well as SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors. In Greater Los Angeles area, local sponsors include Marsh, Scherzer International and Bowne.

 

About Emerald Health Services

Emerald Health Services is a premier healthcare staffing company providing jobs to healthcare professionals throughout the nation. Founded in 2002, Emerald has been a leader in the healthcare staffing industry offering temporary staffing services to hospitals and long-term assignments to registered nurses.

The company recruits the most qualified and talented healthcare professionals in the country and through creative and competitive sales techniques, has established a reputation for delivering quality customer service. It is the company's continued focus on impeccable customer service to the nurses and hospitals that has allowed Emerald to grow into a $65M company in less than five years. Emerald Health Services currently employs 650 employees and, in 2006, was named one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the nation by Staffing Industry Analysts.

For more information about Emerald Health Service please visit the website at: www.emeraldhs.com

 

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.

 

About Ernst & Young

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