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Tusk Enterprises Announces Winners of Employee Awards for 2013

Annual awards recognize employees of Tusk Enterprises and its Rhino Medical Services and Hospitalists Plus divisions. Tusk Enterprises and its two divisions serve the medical staffing needs of nearly 900 health care facilities nationwide.

Arlington, TX, February 26, 2014 --( Tusk Enterprises, known for serving the medical staffing needs of nearly 900 health care facilities nationwide, recently honored several employees of its company and those of its two divisions, Rhino Medical Services and Hospitalists Plus, with awards. The awards are given at the end of each year.

“The Tusk family of companies takes great pride in providing great customer service on a daily basis,” said Joseph Brunson, Tusk’s founder/chairman. “These awards are Tusk Enterprises’ way to show the employees how much their great work is appreciated.”

Brittany Bass, credentialing coordinator of Tusk Enterprises, won the Service Excellence Award. Bass, an Arlington resident, won the award because she best embodies Tusk’s servitude attitude and a willingness to help others, Brunson said.

Deric Gardner, president of Hospitalists Plus, won the EAGLE Award. The award is given to the employee who personifies empowerment, agility, giving, leadership and excellence—all of which spell out eagle. With nearly 10 years of service to both Rhino Medical Services and Hospitalists Plus, Gardner, a Trophy Club resident, received the award because “he continually proves himself to be a strong and selfless leader,” Brunson said.

Gardner also won Scheduler of the Year. The award honors the account manager who has excelled at driving action, getting results and improving the performance of his or her team.

“Deric’s courage to make tough decisions while listening to the needs of others clearly demonstrated his ability to serve and advance Tusk,” Brunson said.

Braxton Akins, marketing consultant for Rhino Medical Services, won Rookie of the Year. The award is given to the team member employed with Tusk and its divisions a year or less, and who demonstrated an ability to adjust to the new work environment and show enthusiasm and a high level of energy.

“Braxton’s ability to display initiative and self-motivation, along with his outstanding production on the phones, led to his Rookie of the Year nod,” Brunson said. “Braxton also received awards for Highest Phone Dials and Highest Phone Time for incoming and outgoing calls with both health care providers and clients.”

Akins is a Dallas resident.

Stephanie Zingone, senior marketing consultant of Hospitalists Plus, won Marketer of the Year. The award recognizes the team member who demonstrates commitment to Tusk’s growth and business development. Zingone also received the award in 2012.

Zingone is a Lewisville resident.

J.B. Hamilton, a recruiting consultant for Hospitalists Plus, won Recruiter of the Year because he nurtured and grew relationships with health care providers in 2013.

“He demonstrated professionalism, knowledge and a strong desire to help secure the right people in the right positions,” Brunson said.

Hamilton resides in Fort Worth.

Shannon Thrasher, chief operating officer of Tusk Enterprises, won Operations Teammate of the Year. The award recognizes the importance of employees who perform day-to-day tasks that help Tusk be efficient, productive and successful.

“Her leadership and innovation to the production and business operations processes have proven an integral part of Tusk,” Brunson said.

Thrasher, who resides in Fort Worth, also received the Golden Rhino of the Year award. The award is given to the teammate committed to making a positive difference.

“Shannon’s courtesy and kindness often created these encounters with both health care providers and clients,” Brunson said.

Ashley “Marie” Garrison, director of employee services at Tusk Enterprises, won Teammate of the Year, the only peer-nominated award. The award recognizes reliability, office production, operational excellence, outstanding representation of the company and team members, and demonstration of a servitude attitude.
Garrison resides in Keller.

Arlington, Texas-based Tusk was established in 2003 by staffing veteran Brunson, and the company has grown to 26 employees and offices in Arlington, Amarillo and Tulsa, Okla. Rhino Medical Services, launched in 2003, provides locum tenens (temporary) and permanent staff of physicians, nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Hospitalists Plus, established in 2011, provides locum tenens and permanent staff physicians who specialize in treating hospitalized patients.

About Tusk Enterprises
Tusk Enterprises and its health care recruitment agencies, Rhino Medical Services and Hospitalists Plus, fill temporary and permanent vacancies nationwide. Nearly 900 health care facilities seek Tusk Enterprises’ services each year. Rhino Medical Services’ provides temporary and permanent staff of family practitioners, general surgeons, emergency medicine specialists, intensivists, internal medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, behavioral health specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Hospitalists Plus fills temporary and permanent vacancies of hospitalists, who care for hospitalized patients. We are a health care recruitment agency that helps hospitals fill permanent and temporary vacancies around the country. Rhino Medical Services is part of Tusk Enterprises along with our sister company, Hospitalists Plus.

Tusk Enterprises’ business is built on exceeding clients’ expectations. Tusk Enterprises believes in collaborating with customers to understand their needs and deliver the most valuable staffing solutions in the industry with practicality and sincerity.

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