Methodist Healthcare May 16, 2014

Agreement with Lonestar Soccer Club launches unique health care recruitment pilot program

Methodist Healthcare and Lonestar Soccer Club of San Antonio have formed an unprecedented partnership that combines a traditional sports sponsorship with a unique opportunity that allows parents to earn money by helping Methodist Healthcare recruit qualified health care professionals.

The two-year agreement is a new and different approach to recruitment that extends the benefits into the community by providing monies for parents to use to help offset fees for the soccer club. Hospitals included in the pilot program are Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Methodist Texsan Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital.

Lonestar Soccer Club

The referral program gives parents of a Lonestar Soccer Club player the opportunity to refer a qualified health care professional to Methodist Healthcare and, if hired, the parent will receive $200 for the referral. Everyone wins in this agreement with Methodist getting a great health care professional, and parents getting $200 for every referral hired. Qualified positions include: registered nurses with at least one year of experience, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and case managers.

“We are always looking for unique ways to expand our recruitment efforts and we created this pilot program as a way to combine a human resources’ need with Methodist Healthcare’s core competency of building partnerships to serve our community,” states Barry Burns, vice president of human resources for Methodist Healthcare. “This pilot will truly be a win-win for all involved,” adds Burns.

It was easy for the health system to select Lonestar Soccer Club as its partner due to the organization’s reach in San Antonio as well as its mission to help develop youth on and off the soccer field. Soccer is one of the most played sports by children in the United States and there is no doubt the Methodist recruitment pilot program will be a success with over 1,200 co-ed soccer players enrolled in the Lonestar Soccer Club.

“We are thrilled Methodist Healthcare has joined the Lonestar team to be our health care sponsor and look forward to a new season of playing soccer and recruiting “players” for Methodist’s amazing health care team,” says Nick Hallam, director of coaching for Lonestar Soccer Club of San Antonio. “We are delighted Methodist is committed to Lonestar and our mission of developing young boys and girls into champions on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. We are committed to changing the landscape with Methodist as a partner,” adds Hallam.

For more information about Methodist Healthcare, log onto sahealth.com. Tryouts are currently being held for the Lonestar Soccer Club of San Antonio; for more information log onto lonestar-sc-sa.com or call (210) 880-5772.