Emerald Health Services Founder & CEO, Mark Stagen Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(R) 2007 Award Winner in Los Angeles | Business Wire

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Emerald Health Services, a premier healthcare staffing firm, today

announced that Mark Stagen, Founder & CEO, received the Ernst & Young

Entrepreneur Of The Year®

2007 Award in the business services category in Los Angeles. According

to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are

building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mark Stagen was

selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented

at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year gala event on June 26 at

the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

“I am honored to receive this prominent award

from Ernst & Young, be a part of this process and among these truly

talented, intellectual executives and industry visionaries,”

said Mark Stagen, Founder and CEO, Emerald Health Services. “Our

mission – from day one – has been to make a difference in the healthcare

industry by starting a company that supports both hospitals and

healthcare professionals around the country. At Emerald Health Services

we understand the far reaching impact of the nursing shortage and seek

to provide solutions to meet the hospital’s

staffing needs and the employment needs for nurses across the nation.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its

21st anniversary this year and continues to

honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in such areas as

innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their

businesses and communities.

“Ernst & Young is honored to recognize

extraordinary business leaders, such as Mark Stagen, and the companies

they have built,” said Tony Radaich, Ernst &

Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Los Angeles.

As a Los Angeles award winner, Mark Stagen is now eligible for

consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007

national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well

as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award

winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs,

California on November 17, 2007. The national Entrepreneur Of The Year

celebration is part of Ernst & Young’s

Strategic Growth Forum. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year

award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte



Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year

Awards are pleased to have Bank of America as the national presenting

sponsor, as well as SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

as national sponsors. In Greater Los Angeles area, local sponsors

include Marsh, Scherzer International and Bowne.

About Emerald Health Services

Emerald Health Services is a premier healthcare staffing company

providing jobs to healthcare professionals throughout the nation.

Founded in 2002, Emerald has been a leader in the healthcare staffing

industry offering temporary staffing services to hospitals and long-term

assignments to registered nurses.

The company recruits the most qualified and talented healthcare

professionals in the country and through creative and competitive sales

techniques, has established a reputation for delivering quality customer

service. It is the company’s continued focus

on impeccable customer service to the nurses and hospitals that has

allowed Emerald to grow into a $65M company in less than five years.

Emerald Health Services currently employs 650 employees and, in 2006,

was named one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the nation by

Staffing Industry Analysts.

For more information about Emerald Health Service please visit the

website at: www.emeraldhs.com

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur

Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year®

awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm

Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young

Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading

dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th

anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and

global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to

enhancing the public’s trust in professional

services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 114,000

people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality,

and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services

centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and

transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach

to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives.

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& Young Global Limited, a U.K. company limited by guarantee, each of

which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not

provide services to clients. Ernst & Young LLP is a U.S. client-serving

member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.