“We looked at the market to see what else was available to the average family,” said Kim, whose Palms background check firm, Veritable Screening, launched the service. “It was definitely subpar, especially in relation to what we do on a day-to-day basis for corporations.”

Veritable Screening offers companies an online platform for running background checks on employees, confirming prior employment and education as well as delving into criminal history, motor vehicle records and credit reports if necessary. Unlike other nearly instant online services, Veritable Screening’s work can take a few days, but also involves a real person making phone calls and doing quality assurance.

Kim launched the firm two years ago and it now has more than 30 clients including the chemical division of South Korea’s Samsung and Koreatown’s Wilshire Bank.

He got the idea for CaregiverChecks when friends started asking if he could use his service to vet their nannies and tutors.

“Most caregivers frankly are complete strangers,” Kim said. “You spend 30 minutes to an hour with them and hand over your loved ones.”

CaregiverChecks leverages the same technology as Veritable Screening but simplifies the Web interface for consumers. The standard package runs $75, which Kim knows doesn’t sound cheap, though he thinks it pales in comparison with the money a family would shell out for a nanny, not to mention the peace of mind.

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Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach have named Yair Katz as their new chief financial officer. …Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Echo Park added two board members: Earl E. Gales Jr. and Daniel Weinstein. …Century City’ Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc. has hired Dr. AnnKatrin Petersen-Jappelli as its first chief medical officer…Medbox Inc. has appointed Manuel Flores to its board.

Staff reporter Marni Usheroff can be reached at musheroff@labusinessjournal.com or (323) 549-5225, ext. 229.

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