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AAIHR Announces New President

Shari Dingle Costantini

The American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) announced that Shari Dingle Costantini, founder and CEO of Avant Healthcare Professionals, has been named president of the association, effective immediately. As president, Costantini will lead AAIHR’s initiatives in the international healthcare recruitment industry.

Costantini is a renowned expert in the healthcare industry with 29 years of experience in strategic leadership, nursing and international nurse staffing. Her staffing company, Avant Healthcare Professionals, was a founding member of the AAIHR. Costantini previously served as Chair of Regulatory Affairs for AAIHR where she lobbied Congress for immigration reform. Costantini will continue to lobby Congress as president to ensure that the supply of healthcare professionals meets U.S. patient demand. Costantini is on the Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship and the Central Florida Foundation boards.

“For over a decade, Shari has built an impressive foundation of strategic, and operational accomplishments in the international healthcare recruitment industry,” said Patty Jeffrey, Vice President at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. “Shari has proven to be a successful and trusted leader, bringing to this position a strong reputation of adapting to challenges and consistently thriving in the industry,” Jeffrey said.

“I’m excited and honored to take on this new role and look forward to carrying out AAIHR’s mission in 2018,” Costantini said. “Despite the current challenges that the political atmosphere poses, AAIHR will continue to advocate for fair and consistent regulation relating to the recruitment, credentialing, immigration, licensure, and employment of foreign-trained healthcare professionals.”


The American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) is a Delaware not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization that is the voice of the international healthcare recruitment industry. AAIHR was formed in 2006 to represent the mutual interests of U.S.-based organizations that participate in the recruitment of foreign-educated healthcare professionals, and to promote legal, ethical, socially responsible, and professional practices for international healthcare recruitment. AAIHR is a trusted industry group for the recruitment of foreign-educated healthcare professionals for a variety of U.S. based healthcare organizations including many of America’s leading hospitals and hospital systems, skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation facilities, outpatient centers, and home health organizations.

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