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Avant Healthcare Professionals Senior Vice President of Operations Named to the Board of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR)

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August 03, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 03, 2021) Avant Healthcare Professionals today announced that Senior Vice President of Operations, Lesley Hamilton-Powers, will be joining the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR) as a board member. In this role, she will assist the board with international healthcare recruitment industry initiatives. Avant Healthcare Professionals is a founding member of the AAIHR.

Powers joined Avant Healthcare Professionals in 2006, bringing extensive international recruitment experience to the company. She is one of the most tenured executives in the industry with more than 25 years of experience in international healthcare staffing. Her nursing career began in 1989 when she graduated from nursing school in New Zealand and worked in oncology, and her experience as a Registered Nurse spans several countries, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States. Powers has a passion for U.S. recruitment, in particular, based on her own nursing experience working in the country.

“Joining the AAIHR board is an exciting opportunity to leverage my international nursing experience and be part of this committed team,” Powers said. “I am eager to be involved in coming up with solutions to address the U.S. nursing shortage and other issues affecting international healthcare professionals.”

Powers’ experience as a nurse in multiple countries provides her with a unique and valuable perspective on Avant Healthcare Professionals’ industry-leading recruitment and clinical programs. Prior to her current role, she was instrumental in building the worldwide recruitment platform for Assignment America, a division of Cross Country TravCorps. She later joined Geneva Health International in New Zealand, where she led the recruitment efforts for healthcare professionals seeking international placement.  

About the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment

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 various 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.

About Avant Healthcare Professionals

Need nurses? Avant Healthcare Professionals is the premier staffing specialist for internationally educated registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Avant has placed thousands of international healthcare professionals across U.S. facilities to help improve the continuity of their care, fill hard-to-find specialties, and increase patient satisfaction, revenue and HCAHPS scores. Avant is a Joint Commission accredited staffing agency and founding member of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR). Avant Healthcare Professionals is a member of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies.


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