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Anyone who has experienced hospital nurses caring for patients understands the commitment, compassion, and skill they possess. But the demands of the profession have led to poor work~life balance, causing many nurses to retire or shift to temporary (contract) assignments to get more flexible shift schedules. This market phenomenon has put a financial strain on health care systems across the U.S. (and internationally).

vflok was established to help solve this problem by Catalyst by Wellstar, the first-of-its-kind innovation company and venture firm created by Wellstar Health System, and High Alpha Innovation, a leading venture studio that partners with corporations and universities to build advantaged startups.

Our Name

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The ‘V’ formation is one of nature’s most successful competitive strategies, enabling a flock of birds to travel amazingly long distances by helping each other. Essentially, birds located at the back of the 'V' swap places with birds at the front (the lead bird expends materially more energy than birds in the rear do), enabling the entire flock to conserve energy and safely reach their destination.

We leverage this principle in our technology design, ultimately empowering self-directed shift design that frees time for nurse managers and gives nurses the personalized schedules they want and deserve.

Our Mission

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Our mission is to help hospitals improve work ~ life balance for nurses. Achieving this mission means hospitals keep nursing teams together, reduce outsourcing costs, and free capital to invest in patient care.