Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCRN) today reported revenue of $122.0 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, a 7% increase sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2010 and a 1% increase from revenue of $121.4 million a year ago. Net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, as compared to $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the same quarter of the prior year. Cash flow from operations for the first quarter of 2011 was $1.4 million.

“I am particularly encouraged by the continuing recovery in our nurse and allied staffing business in which segment revenue for the first quarter increased 13% sequentially from the fourth quarter and 3% year-over-year,” said Joseph A. Boshart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. “Revenue momentum is being driven by a combination of the phase-in of additional managed service provider (MSP) accounts, additional staffing required during hospital electronic medical record implementations, and an overall recovery in demand that is currently running three times the level of a year ago, as measured by the number of open orders from hospital customers. These factors have resulted in our travel nurse renewal rates rebounding to 2008 levels as our nurses now have a greater number of attractive assignments to choose from as they conclude a contract. During the remainder of 2011, I believe the supply of nurses will be the key constraint to achieving more rapid growth," he added.

“In addition to the continued momentum in our nurse and allied staffing business, we also expect strong sequential growth in our clinical trial services segment, which is staffing up two relatively large recent contract awards. Overall, in the second quarter we expect revenue in all four of our business segments to be up sequentially,” stated Mr. Boshart.

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