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Happy National PA Week

October 11, 2021

By Randal L. Dabbs, MD, FACEP, FAAFP, TeamHealth Co-Founder, President, Practice Development, and Executive Sponsor of the Advanced Practice Clinician Council   As we mark National PA Week, Oct. 6-12, I would like to extend my gratitude to the more than 2,200 TeamHealth physician assistants (PAs) who dedicate themselves to improving patient care every day. Thank you, PAs...

World Mental Health Day 2021

October 10, 2021

This year, World Mental Health Day could not have come at a more crucial time. Anyone with even a casual interest in current affairs can’t escape the headlines around mental health issues.

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Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

By Sergio Espinoza, CMOM, MB, Clinical Practice Manager, Post-Acute Care   Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of people tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. In honor of the month, observed September 15 – October 15, Sergio Espinoza shares more about his heritage, what...

Focusing on Healthcare Equity on Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is a time to remember all the equality women have achieved over the years– social, civil, economic, political and legal. It is also a time to raise awareness for all those we still lack or have lost in that same time. Commemorating days like this calls for all women to fight for each other, especially those women who may not be like them.

National Advanced Practice Clinician Council Annual Conference 2022

By Randal Dabbs, Co-Founder and President, Practice Development The National Advanced Practice Clinician Council (APCC) of TeamHealth met in June in Knoxville, Tennessee, for its annual conference. The APCC is composed of physician assistants, nurse practitioners and CRNA leaders from emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology, post-acute care and ambulatory care groups. It was created in...

Reflecting on LGBTQ+ Pride Month

By Marilyn McLeod, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Facility Medical Director, Emergency Medicine   Pride Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our successes, grieve our failures and plan for our future work. We have made so much progress in improving recognition for fairness and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community. Yet, too often the headlines we see...

Reflecting on Juneteenth 2022

By Candace Nall, MD, Physician, Emergency Medicine   When I reflect on what Juneteenth represents to me personally, it elicits a sense of pride. As I celebrate this day, I am mindful that each generation of Black women in my family have experienced the same healthcare system inequalities. Despite our change in income and privilege,...

Honoring World Blood Donor Day 2022

In 2004, the World Health Organization designated June 14th World Blood Donor Day. The annual observance is a time to highlight the ongoing need for blood donations. The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the need for consistently stocked blood banks for life-saving care across the globe. As blood supplies drop to the lowest levels in over a...

Celebrating Pride Month 2022

Pride Month occurs annually in June to recognize the influence and impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people around the world. The entire month is dedicated to the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and is used as a symbol to show support and inclusion.

Congratulations to the 2022 SHM Fellows Class

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) designates Fellows in Hospital Medicine, Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine and Masters in Hospital Medicine each year. Clinicians who achieve this distinction are dedicated to promoting excellence, innovation and improving the quality of patient care – values shared by SHM and TeamHealth. Qualified candidates are evaluated annually on their...

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day 2022

By Eugene Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Group, Executive Sponsor, Veterans Resource Group   As we celebrate Memorial Day, the members of the TeamHealth Veterans Resource Group would like to take a moment to remember those who have given their lives in military service. On Monday, May 30, 2022, we observe...

Frontline Healthcare Heroes Protect the Communities They Serve – Yet One Major Insurer Continues to Put Profits Over Patients

By Dr. Scott Scherr, Regional Medical Director, Emergency Medicine   Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, America’s frontline healthcare workers have stepped up time and time again, putting their lives on the line to help keep patients healthy and safe. While we may not know when or where the next tragedy...

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

By Haoyu Zhao, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, TeamHealth Post-Acute Care   What Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means to me May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During this month every year, we celebrate the achievements and remember the struggles Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) endured. I was born and raised...

Driving Collective Change to Improve Opioid Prescribing Techniques

By Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, Regional Medical Director of Quality Assurance and Associate Director of Litigation Support   The opioid epidemic continues to strain the American people and healthcare system despite years of work to reduce over-prescribing. Throughout the pandemic, the number of opioid-related overdoses increased by an estimated 28.5% from April 2020 to...

Cultivating Compassion: Patient Experience and Clinician Wellness Impacts

By Kip Wenger, DO, FACOEP, FACEP, Regional Performance Director, Emergency Medicine, Southeast Group   On average, physicians give patients 11 seconds to explain their reasons for seeking care before interrupting them. This statistic is staggering on paper. Yet, in a busy, fast-paced healthcare setting, it is likely not shocking to many clinicians. Patient experience is...

Celebrate Diversity Month 2022

By Matthew Krauthamer, DO, Medical Director, Special Operations, TeamHealth Northeast Group   April is distinguished as Celebrate Diversity Month. It is a great opportunity for us all to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us. Celebrating the Diversity in My Life Diversity is understanding and appreciating people from all walks of life, sexes, religion and...

Celebrating National Doctors’ Day 2022

Randal Dabbs, MD, Co-Founder, President, Practice Development   Whether you “accidentally” chose to be a physician, or you feel you were chosen by a higher power, you were given a gift to be an angel to every person who comes to you for medical care.  Whatever road led you to this point, we are thankful...