Spreading Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, The First String Healthcare in Irvine participated in the Adopt-A-Family program coordinated by S.O.S., a local Orange County organization that provides a host of health, social, and other services to those in need. The Adopt-A-Family program supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. The program connected The First String to a family with four young children who are living with their grandparents after their parents left the area to find work. The grandparents are struggling to make ends meet while helping the children adjust emotionally from the separation of their parents. In hopes of helping support the family and bring joy this holiday season, individuals at The First String donated money and time to obtain memorable gifts for this deserving family. The gifts included gift cards for grocery stores so the family can have a full pantry for the holidays as well as a bicycle, other toys, diapers, and other necessities for the children. There is no greater gift than that of giving and The First String is immensely grateful for the ability and opportunity to give back to a deserving family, hopefully brightening their holiday season.

The Perfect Engagement

As an interim employee, working for The First String Healthcare, you are able to enjoy so many benefits of when, where and how long you work. While there are many benefits to working an interim assignment, one of the biggest one is being able to travel around the United States and experience the culture, environment and sights of other cities and states. Not only is that an experience for you but it gives family the opportunity to plan a visit with you while on assignment and also experience what these beautiful places have to offer. One of our interim’s son and girlfriend did just that AND MORE.

They were able to plan a visit out to see New York and visit his mom while she was working an assignment for us. And it turned out to be more than just a visit…

We want to send a special congratulations to Jacob and his new fiance!

October Gift of the Month

It’s a month of tricks and treats! Fall is upon us and so are all the yummy treats and candy and desserts that come along with the season.

We really hope you all enjoyed this delicious treat we sent as the October appreciation gift!


Our Family Grew by 5!

At The First String we bring the best of the best to the family so that we can continue to provide the best service out there. We make sure every person that joins our team is passionate about not only the healthcare professionals who we connect with daily, but also is committed to improving the healthcare industry as a whole.

Meet the newest additions:


Kelsi Phillips

Kelsi graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She is thrilled to join the First String Healthcare to support the Interim Recruitment Team by sourcing candidates and building new relationships.

I LOVE: traveling, hiking, cats and Mexican food.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: Blue Oyster Cult, ice cream, coffee

FAVORITE QUOTE: “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me climbing, at the gym, practicing the bass, hiking in Joshua Tree National Park or going to concerts.


Joe Della Maggiore

Joe graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. With his sights set on Permanent Recruiting, Joe is hoping to build quality relationships with good people across the Healthcare landscape. He loves connecting with people and is looking to match them with opportunities that they are passionate about.

I LOVE: going camping with friends, fishing, surfing, skateboarding, golfing, road trips, good whiskey and rock n roll.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: late night breakfast burritos and The Office

FAVORITE QUOTE: “When the going gets weird, the weird get professional”

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me in my backyard shaping surfboards, floating around the Pacific, at a local concert, or relaxing on the golf course.


Jessica Zell


McKenna Johnson

McKenna graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations and a minor in Business. She is currently a part of The First String Permanent sourcing team. She is excited to support the team in finding qualified candidates for available opportunities.

I LOVE: my Golden Retriever, traveling, concerts, the beach and the Oregon Ducks.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: red wine, reality TV and Mexican food

FAVORITE QUOTE: “You win some, you lose some” 

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me spending time with my friends and family, shopping, exercising, or at the beach.


Michael Della Maggiore

Michael graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business and Music. With the goal of becoming a recruiter for the permanent division, he is looking to create and sustain real connections with good people. As a recruitment research analyst, he will strive to connect people to opportunities that can highlight their passions and strengths.

I LOVE: backpacking, snowboarding, traveling, watching baseball and watching my Ducks play on Saturdays.


FAVORITE QUOTE: “You have to be odd to be number one” 

IN MY SPARE TIME: you can find me rooting for my Ducks, playing golf, camping or checking out a local brewery trying to find the best IPA out there.

July 2017 Gift of the Month

HELLO SUNSHINE! We hope you love this month’s summer-themed appreciation gift.

Thank you for all your continued hard work and loyalty to the First String Healthcare.


Why Limit Happy to One Hour?

Ever quarter we take a moment to step away from our desks and enjoy one another’s company and have a little fun. This time around we headed to beautiful Corona Del Mar, enjoyed some delicious tacos while watching the sunset from a rooftop. We always love our company Happy Hour because as hard as we work, we also love to play hard. Always good to reset the mind once in awhile and start fresh!

June 2017 Gift of the Month

This months appreciation gift is just what you need to get through that day full of “crisis”. Just pop some chocolate on those crazy days and all will be right in the world!

Thank you for all your continued hard work and loyalty to the First String Healthcare.


Adventures in the Philippines

Recently, our very own Kira went on a trip to the Philippines for two weeks. Her pictures were beyond beautiful that we just had to share her experience with all of you:

“The Philippines was such a fun adventure and I recommend it to everyone! My boyfriend and I traveled there for about 2 weeks, and it truly wasn’t enough time! We went to Manila, Palawan, Cebu, Naga, and then back to Manila before our flight home. We were able to see some beautiful beaches and islands, as well as a bit of their history like Fort San Pedro which has been there since the 16th century! We went snorkeling at some of the beaches and also went rafting at their Underground Caves! On the last night of our trip we watched a firework show in Manila, and it was such a perfect way to cap off our trip! I will definitely be going again, but would like to explore other places next time around.”

Dancing for a Cause

Flashback Productions presents: Once Upon a FlashbackYour favorite Disney classics with a modern twist

Here at The First String Healthcare we strive to sometimes step outside the typical day to day role’s and give back to the community in our own special ways. Our very own Dana Bonifacio, who is very involved with Disney, participates in an annual showcase held by Disneyland Resort that supports the Accelerate Change Together organization in Anaheim, California. This organization was made to help “build a better future for the youth of Anaheim”  and is also supported by Angels Baseball and Anaheim Ducks.  It is a musical theater production with singing, dancing and acting; comprised of Disneyland cast members throughout the resort.  It is performed at Disney California Adventure on the Hyperion Theater stage.  The resort is split up into 4 teams depending on their area work location.  Rehearsals are 4 days a week, Monday – Thursday nights, 4 hours each day for 6 weeks straight.  All participants of the production earn volunteer hours.  Dana is part of the core dance team and was chosen by the leadership team as the “dance team captain”.  Every year Disney donates all proceeds from the shows revenue to a charity and this year the team was able to donate $15,000.  This is Dana’s 3rd season participating in this production.

Everyone gathers together for the same cause, which allows people from all areas of the Disney organization to interact and work together that wouldn’t normally connect outside of this production. Most participants have never danced before so it’s great for them to come out of their shell and learn something new!!

Not all of us were able to attend, but she had an amazing support team thanks to Emily, Samantha, Lindsay, Kylie, Steph, Matt and Elissa.

We are so proud to have Dana on our team!

January 2017 Gift of the Month

It’s a new year and that means new beginnings! We hope that this months appreciation gift helps you all with a fresh year and new beginnings.

Thank you for all your continued hard work and loyalty to the First String Healthcare.