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API Healthcare Strengthens Nursing Leadership and Expertise With Addition of Vice President of Nursing

Emphasis on clinically-enabled solutions key component to future workforce product strategy

HARTFORD, Wisc.—June 7, 2012—API Healthcare, the leader in healthcare-specific workforce management technology today announced that Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has joined the executive team as vice president of nursing. The addition of Dr. Kerfoot to the API Healthcare team emphasizes the Company’s commitment to providing innovative workforce management solutions that drive better patient and financial outcomes through clinician empowerment.

Dr. Kerfoot joins an already robust team of clinicians that include chief nursing officer Kathy Douglas, RN, MHA and clinical industry expert Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN. The emphasis on including clinical experts throughout API Healthcare’s solution development and delivery processes highlights the Company’s promise to ensuring its solutions are relevant and focused on current and future clinical requirements.

“I am honored to be part of the API Healthcare team, and I am eager to tackle projects that will make a difference for clinicians, patients and healthcare organizations as a whole,” said Kerfoot. “Using technology to empower nurses who make up the heart and soul of any healthcare organization is a critical step to realizing better overall patient care. I am delighted to work with the talented team at API Healthcare as we develop breakthrough solutions that continue to provide nurses with the information they need to deliver high quality patient care in an environment that allows caregivers to realize a satisfying work-life balance.”

“We are pleased to have Karlene and her clinical leadership and expertise on the API Healthcare team,” said J.P. Fingado, president and chief executive officer. “Growing our team with exceptional talent such as Karlene allows us to fulfill our mission of delivering innovative solutions in the healthcare industry. Our strong investment in nursing talent is a reflection of our dedication to bringing our clients solid clinical and financial results.”

Dr. Kerfoot brings with her more than 30 years of leadership experience. She is the founder of Kerfoot & Associates, Inc.  and has previously served as the corporate chief nursing and patient care officer at three of the largest healthcare systems in the country:  Aurora Health Care System in Milwaukee, WI, Clarian Health Partners in Indianapolis, IN, and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston TX. With more than 300 published articles, Dr. Kerfoot is widely acknowledged for her innovative work in patient safety, evidence-based staffing and scheduling, creating healing environments and sanctuaries for patients and staff, strategic planning, shared governance, achieving excellence in quality outcomes and the Magnet designation as a system. Dr. Kerfoot earned a doctorate in nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a Masters and BSN from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and completed several advanced executive programs such as the Johnson and Johnson’s Wharton program for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania. Her many honors include induction into the Academy of Nursing.

About API Healthcare

API Healthcare ( is the largest healthcare-specific vendor focused on workforce management solutions for the healthcare industry. Driven by the mission to elevate quality and performance across the healthcare community through innovative workforce solutions, API Healthcare has been dedicated to the healthcare industry for 30 years. The company’s staffing and scheduling, patient classification, human resources, payroll, time and attendance, business analytics, and staffing agency solutions are used by more than 1,600 hospitals 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 time and attendance provider system for the last ten years (2002-2011).



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