TAMPA, FL – August 16, 2022, Today, Inc. announced that Tampa-based Gale Healthcare Solutions (Gale) ranked in the top 20 percent of its annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. Gale—a startup aimed at ending the nursing shortage–just surpassed the milestone of 50,000 nurses using its smartphone app to find and accept open shifts at healthcare facilities—in mere seconds.
“Our ranking as one of the fastest-growing companies in America is great news for the Gale team, and for anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home or senior care facility,” said Tony Braswell, President and Founder of Gale Healthcare Solutions. “We launched Gale to help solve the national nursing shortage. Through technology and people, we’re on a mission to ensure no one goes without care.”
Less than one percent of U.S. businesses make the Inc. 5000 list. Gale, ranking at 931, was the first healthcare services firm in the country to introduce an “on demand” tech-based staffing solution. Using the Gale app, healthcare facilities post open shifts, and clinicians are able to accept those work options instantly. Gale is also the industry leader in another important innovation—providing clinicians with same-day pay. This combination of leading staffing and payments technology and a people-focused approach has propelled Gale’s rapid growth.
“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”
Since launching in 2016, Gale has expanded its operation from Florida to 39 states. This growth has been achieved despite historic labor shortages and the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Every five minutes, another nursing or nursing assistant applies to join Gale.
Gale recently secured $60 million in funding from FTV Capital, a sector-focused growth equity investment firm, that will help Gale continue its expansion in the $24.7 billion healthcare temporary staffing market.
In the past year alone, Gale doubled the size of its national clinical workforce, and expanded services to include travel nurses and permanent employee placements so that healthcare facilities have a suite of options to meet their staffing needs. The company has also broadened its client base from nursing homes and assisted living facilities to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. Additionally, Gale is licensing its software to help other healthcare staffing firms expand their service capabilities. Most recently, Gale’s parent company launched Springboard, Inc. to help healthcare facilities and other sectors with non-clinical staffing needs.
Founded with a Mission to Address the Nursing Shortage
Braswell was recently named Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida by Ernst & Young LLP. He launched Gale in 2016 after 30 years in healthcare staffing where he relied on continuous calling and texting to try and fill open nursing shifts. Recognizing the power of other “on-demand” models, he realized technology was the answer.
Six months later, Gale was born. Named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, Gale has been a pioneer in bringing innovations to a 21st century healthcare challenge— the shortage of nurses across the country.
A 2022 survey by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living found 98 percent of nursing homes are experiencing staffing shortages, and 73 percent are concerned about having to close their doors.
“The staffing shortage affects countless individuals everyday. We are so fortunate to have a purpose-driven team committed to making a difference,” said Braswell. “As we begin our seventh year from our home here in Hillsborough County, we couldn’t be more excited about our momentum and ability to serve even more people in the future.”
Supporting nursing education is another way Gale is tackling the national nursing shortage. Through the Gale Healthcare Foundation, Gale has committed $500,000 over the next two years for nursing school scholarships. The Foundation aims to raise additional funds from other partners, with the goal of providing more than $1 million to help license and train more nursing professionals.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000 ranking, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000.
Gale Healthcare Solutions is a leading technology-enabled healthcare services and payments platform that provides per diem, contract, and travel temporary staffing services and software licensing services in post-acute and acute healthcare settings. Designed to address the national nursing shortage, the mobile and web-based Gale app connects nursing professionals directly to healthcare facilities in need of clinical staff, and provides caregivers with daily pay. Gale workforce management solutions include recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, time and attendance, communications, and pay. Based in Tampa, Gale offers a national clinical workforce of more than 50,000 clinicians and serves clients in 39 states. For more information, please visit galehealthcaresolutions.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
More about the Inc. 5000
Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine’s September issue. The entire Inc. 5000 can be found at inc.com/inc5000.