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Our Namesake: Clara Barton

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Our Namesake

Clara Barton


Most well-known for her selfless acts and high quality healthcare provided to soldiers before and after the American Civil War, Clarissa Harlowe Barton, better known as Clara, was the pioneer nurse in the early 19th century who was lovingly referred to as “the angel on the battlefield”.

But she didn’t do it alone.

Clara found her true calling caring for wounded soldiers and families, on and off the battlefield. Today, Barton Associates’ locum tenens providers also leave a crucial, long-lasting impact on the regions they visit, answering the call by providing comfort, care and disaster relief throughout the United States and its territories, 365 days a year.

Similar to Clara, Barton Associates works tirelessly with a nationwide network of more than 270,000 compassionate healthcare providers who efficiently “go out into the battlefield” and care for patients at facilities that might otherwise go unseen, most often due to staffing shortages.

Working as an independent nurse, Clara closely models what our locums do everyday, as independent contractors. These individual caretakers are called to help patients, not commit to a single facility or organization for extensive lengths of time. They are driven by a greater cause, feeling the urgency to care for wounded, sick and underserved populations and devoted to serving others.

The Barton Team is inspired everyday by Clara’s selfless work, which is why she was selected as our company’s namesake in 2001. Since then, we continue to aspire to provide industry-leading on-site and virtual healthcare staffing solutions that give healthcare providers and organizations the ability to provide world-class care, improve the lives of their patients, and succeed.

Born in 1821 in Oxford, MA, less than 15 miles from Barton Associates’ Worcester office, Clara was known for her humanitarian work in a time when few women worked outside the home. Clara founded the American Association of the Red Cross (later called the American Red Cross) and was posthumously recognized with an induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973.

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