LSQ provides $12 million to medical staffing firm aiding Hurricane Ian relief efforts

by | Nov 2, 2022

 

  • The $12 million accounts receivable finance facility will provide funding for operations and payroll
  • As part of the solution, the LSQ platform will also provide CRS with comprehensive accounts receivable and customer credit management

LSQ, a market leader in working capital finance and payments solutions, is committing $12 million in funding for a medical staffing firm supporting Hurricane Ian relief.

To help Jacksonville-based Critical Response Strategies (CRS) focus on providing medical staff to assist in the Hurricane Ian relief effort, LSQ announced on Wednesday that it created a $12 million accounts receivable finance facility to provide funding for operations and payroll.

“CRS has been working around the clock since before the hurricane to have people in place to provide critical medical care along Florida’s west coast,” said LSQ Senior Business Development Officer Kyle A. Rich. “We are proud to be partnering with them to help them grow the services they provide with more staff and resources.”

In a news release, LSQ said it was able to fund the facility in less than two weeks from the initial introduction. Thanks to the funding line, CRS was able to meet payroll for 130 registered nurses and certified nursing assistants and stand up living arrangements for traveling staff in the Ft. Myers area.

“When Ian hit, there were a number of traveling healthcare providers working in the area who went back home, along with permanent, local providers that had their lives turned upside down by the damage,” said Matt Fenner, CFO at Critical Response Strategies. “To ensure patients continued to receive best-in-class care, Lee Health needed additional staff immediately. With LSQ, we were able to get the accelerated funding to help deploy those needed clinicians quickly, as well as house them – and as important, keep them there.”

According to Fenner, CRS talked to a few companies about a line of credit but found the LSQ relationship to be the one that best suited their needs.

“The entire group, Chris [Collins], Alan [Newbern], Mike Singer and the underwriting team, and [LSQ National Sales Director] Renee Jackson stayed engaged the whole time – didn’t check out on Friday – and got this done when no one else said they could do it in under a month,” he said. “We weren’t sure exactly what our payment terms would be initially with our clients; we didn’t know if there would be FEMA money that would take a while, so we needed a big enough facility to cover the expenses if the payment terms got extended. Having that uncertainty, one of the differentiators for LSQ was the fact that we aren’t being charged unused funds fees on our credit line, which we would have been charged elsewhere.”

As part of the solution, the LSQ platform will also provide the company with comprehensive accounts receivable and customer credit management.

“I can’t say enough about the team that worked to get this funding available so quickly,” said Chris Collins, LSQ Senior Regional Vice President. “Alan Newbern, one of our field examiners, drove from Atlanta to Jacksonville on very short notice to help get this deal done for CRS. “We have extensive experience working with emergency-response companies, so they understood the urgency and worked late nights and through the weekend to get everything together to keep the client operating and providing vital services.”

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