It took months of hard work, but with a mere $257 in the bank, Ralston launched Angel Staffing in San Antonio.
About half of Angel Staffing's
business comes from staffing registered nurses (RNs), who came on average, $38 per hour, according to Ralston.
On any given day, Angel Staffing
has about 700 or 800 people our on assignment.
also provides medical professionals when natural disasters strike.
The company contracts with the Texas Medical Assessment Team (TXMAT) through its involvement with the Texas Department of State Health Services
ranked No. 165 on Inc. 500's list of f.1stcst-growing privately held companies last year.111e company experienced 1,138.5% growth between 2005 and 2008, a period when its revenue jumped from $1.9 million to $23 million.
Nurses Are Angels
How did Ralston come lip with the name Angel Staffing?
As a bone marrow transplant nurse, she was exposed to people who were dying who would talk to angels before they passed, she says.
This past February, Angel Staffing
received approval from the state of Texas
Prior to joining Angel Staffing, he spent 25 years at 3M, where he held a variety
roles from sales to management.
took early retirement at 3M
, and his
daughter offered him a job with her
is open and honest with his
If there is something he
doesn't like or doesn't agree with, he
"I respect her
as a CEO," he
One of the challenges of running Angel Staffing
is the rising cost of insurance, Ralston says.
"She actually cares about her employees," says Crystal Frazar, who joined Angel Staffing's internal staff as assistant director of nurses this spring after having done emergency room and recovery room work for the company.
Department of Defense
, has worked with Angel Staffing
to find RN, LVN, CAN and transcription positions.
"[They] are a very professional company," he
timely. [They] send you qualified people.
They're just a joy to work with.
is a cut above.
They go the extra mile.
They go above and beyond."
On a scale of 1 to 10, Johnson gives Angel Staffing
a10."They are customer-oriented,"
to staff H1N1 clinics.
They are a good bunch of people to work with,"
"They really are.
I couldn't say enough nice things about them. [Nurse manager] Kathy Gallagher was just great.
There were no ifs, ands or buts about it."
Like Johnson, Looper gives Angel Staffing
a 10 on a 10-point scale.
Sherry Williams, program administrator for Waco-McLennan County, also worked with Angel Staffing to provide staff fir H1N1 clinics.
They were always very professional and responsive to our needs," she
Overall, Angel Staffing
provided 9,000 staffing hours for the project.
The goal was to complete vaccinations at all elementary schools in two and a half weeks so there was a lot of work to do in a short amount of time, Rutherford-Stuart points out.
But Angel Staffing
was up for the challenge.
Metro Health worked with other staffing companies as well but "had a comfort level with Angel
from the bat," says Rutherford-Stuart.
The two worked as bone marrow transplant nurses together before Ralston launched Angel Staffing.
Davila works with other staffing companies but prefers Angel Staffing
On a scale of one to 10, Davila gives Angel Staffing
has done great things.
They're doing great things in Haiti."
Helping Out in Haiti
, which has a long tradition of giving back to people and communities in need, is sending physicians, registered nurses, LVNs and paramedics to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that rocked the Caribbean country early this year.
has made a one-year commitment to send two nurses to Haiti every 10 days, according to Ralston.
Medical professionals who go to Haiti and are greatly impacted by what they see and experience can take advantage of the free counseling services Angel Staffing
also runs the Angel Charitable Foundation
, which raised $150,000 for the relief effort in Haiti.