KEENE, N.H. -- A Massachusetts-based company that temporarily places medical professionals in understaffed practices and hospitals expects to open a location in the city on Sept. 1 and employ about 100 people in the area.
Robert Indresano, the president and chief operating officer of Barton Associates, told the Reformer the company plans to set up shop at 14 Emerald St. in The Center at Keene, where it will recruit and place physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in order to compensate for a nationwide shortage of medical doctors. He said Barton typically hires recent college graduates to fill recruiter, fulfillment specialist and account manager positions and Emerald Street's close proximity to Keene State College, Antioch University New England and Franklin Pierce University make for a great opportunity to hire young men and women for jobs that can easily turn into careers.
"We're only as good as our employees. We need a place where we can draw good, hard-working folks," Indresano said. "We went and looked at the place and we thought it would be an attractive location to retain people."
Indresano, who has held his positions at Barton Associates for nearly seven years, said hiring recent college graduates worked out wonderfully for his company, as all new hires go through development programs and training.
"We've had a lot of success with that model," he said.
Barton Associates' employment website is www.bartoncareers.com.
Indresano said the company is also working on opening an office in Austin, Texas. It is headquartered in Peabody, Mass., and already has spots in Hardwick, Mass., as well as Connecticut and Florida. Indresano told the Reformer the 14,000-square-foot facility at The Center at Keene was picked as a new location partially due to its relatively short distance from Hardwick, Mass. Also, he said a woman who lives in Petersham, Mass., will run the Keene office.
Keene City Manager John MacLean told the Reformer he is thrilled a company with the size, magnitude and reputation of Barton Associates has decided to move into Keene, adding that the entire region will benefit. He also said Barton is putting in quite an effort to open its doors in the city.
"We are very, very appreciative that the company has confidence in this community and in this region," he said. "And I hope we everything we possibly can to make feel welcomed."
Indresano said a lot of strain in being put on the American health care system due in part to 10,000 citizens turning 65 each year, a trend he said that will continue through 2030, and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is President Obama's legacy requiring more people to get insured. He said this pressure on the system creates a demand for temporary placement of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. He told the Reformer his company, founded in 2001, has seen 50 percent growth each of the past three years.
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