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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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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...

Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

By Marjani Jean-Philippe, MSN, CNM   As far back as I can remember I have always been a nurturer, caring deeply for people and their well-being. My ability to nurture became heightened when in the presence of pregnant women and babies, revealing to me early on where my affinity truly lied. I can remember being...

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2022

By: Ái Lê Belcon, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Medicine, Southeast Group About Women’s History Month Women’s History Month celebrates women and their contributions and achievements in a variety of fields and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to correspond with International Women’s Day on March 8; and during October...

Let’s Connect at Spring Conferences

Spring brings new opportunities! For the first time since the pandemic began, TeamHealth is excited to connect in person at upcoming healthcare conferences. These meetings have amazing opportunities to network with other professionals and participate in courses, skills labs and workshops. Here’s more information on how we can connect at the upcoming events: AMDA PALTC22...

A Challenge and Reflection on Asking “Why”

By Rex Everett, Vice President, Business Development Last month, I completed my 64th trip around the sun. In the previous 10 years, I and my younger sister started a tradition of celebrating our birthdays together with family. COVID put a pause in our tradition, so this year would be the first time we could enjoy...

African American Journeys of Innovation and Perseverance

By Andrea Stewart-Crutch, Regional Manager, Business Development, Northeast   As we continue our celebration of Black History Month, we turn our attention to innovation. African American inventors in our more recent history have been driven by inner curiosity, ingenuity and an interest in improving human conditions and experiences. Their motivations were in stark contrast to...

Surviving Loss and Finding Solace After a Spouse’s Heart Attack

By Dawn Picard, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Southeast Group   When Dawn Picard, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Southeast Group, and her husband, Jimmy, visited their primary care physician for their annual bloodwork and checkup in October of 2015, he told the both of them, “keep doing what you’re doing.”...

A Brief History of Black Hospitals in America

Until the 20th century American Civil Rights Movement, Black Americans were either To provide a safe space for Black Americans to receive care, segregated Black hospitals were created. The Georgia Infirmary was founded in 1832 as the first segregated Black hospital, and several others were created by the end of the nineteenth century.

Update on the Omicron Variant and the State of the Pandemic

On January 17, 2022, the world experienced around 125 million new cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant on a single day, over ten times the previous peak from the massive Delta variant surge in April 2021. The United States has experienced several “million-case days” and continues to set records for new cases every week.

Caring for Heart Health During COVID-19

By Susan Young, RN, Health Coach, TeamHealth Wellness   The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major focus of our health concerns for the past two years. It swiftly and unexpectedly brought more mental and physical illness and death, along with more social, work and financial restructuring than most of us have ever seen. In the...