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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...

Happy National PA Week

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...

Human Trafficking Intervention in Healthcare

Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing illicit industries in the world. It is a pervasive crime committed in all zip codes, which is why it is vital to be aware of signs and strategies to help survivors. In a previous blog post, we covered how to recognize the signs a patient may be a...

Human Trafficking: Recognize and Rescue

Human trafficking is a fast-growing, ubiquitous crime. Annually, experts from the Department of State estimate that 24.9 million people are trafficked across the globe. Of these 24.9 million, about 10,000 are rescued each year. Recently, TeamHealth hosted a continuing education webinar on how to recognize and intervene in human trafficking.

It’s Safe to go to the Emergency Room

The COVID-19 pandemic changed life for all of us, and it also significantly changed healthcare. For patients, it created a new atmosphere of fear and worry. A trip to the emergency room is always scary, but the pandemic heightened these fears. Many patients began putting off essential care because they were afraid to contract COVID-19....

Clinical Integration Improves Care and Unlocks Efficiencies

Every day, in hospitals throughout the country, physicians across service lines work independently within separate departments. That can present challenges in coordination and communication. In this model, they may overlook opportunities to collaborate to optimize efficiencies, improve patient hand-offs, and improve the patient experience. Unfortunately, this independent framework is widespread and can lead to worse...

Recognizing physician assistants

During National PA Week from Oct. 6-12, TeamHealth is especially thankful for the more than 2,300 TeamHealth physician assistants (PAs) who dedicate themselves to improving patient care every day. We recognize PAs like Nicole Maciejewski, PA-C, who are a vital part of our team. As a student, Nicole did not expect to fall in love...

Going Virtual: Fall Trade Shows

As we continue to adjust during an unprecedented year, we are excited to have the opportunity to be present at the 2020 virtual fall trade shows. We wish we could connect face to face at the following events: Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)’s HM20 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)...

Hometown Healthcare

Dr. Berry’s story After finishing medical school and residency at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, Dr. Lonnie Berry knew where he wanted to establish his career in emergency medicine. “I always wanted to come back home to provide medical care,” Dr. Berry said. His home is Logan, West Virginia, approximately one hour outside of...

Critical Event Response: Las Vegas

By Miles Snowden, MD, Chief Medical Officer In choosing hospital and facility-based medicine, we have chosen to be responsible for the highest acuity of healthcare needs. More often than not, for patients and families, high-acuity care is delivered by unfamiliar clinicians at unexpected times and in foreign facilities. Practicing this type of medicine well—one patient...

TeamHealth & Natural Disasters: Hurricane Irma Critical Response

By Miles Snowden, MD, Chief Medical Officer In choosing hospital and facility-based medicine, we have chosen to be responsible for the highest acuity of healthcare needs. More often than not, for patients and families, high-acuity care is delivered by unfamiliar clinicians at unexpected times and in foreign facilities. Practicing this type of medicine well—one patient...

Critical Events Response: Hurricane Harvey

By Miles Snowden, MD, Chief Medical Officer In choosing hospital and facility-based medicine, we have chosen to be responsible for the highest acuity of healthcare needs. More often than not, for patients and families, high-acuity care is delivered by unfamiliar clinicians at unexpected times and in foreign facilities. Practicing this type of medicine well—one patient...

How Medical Teams Helped Save Communities after Hurricane Matthew

Last year, parts of the southeast Atlantic coast braced for impact as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. The category five hurricane brought winds of 140 miles per hour and a storm surge that caused waters to rise to dangerously high levels in coastal cities in its path. In the wake of the storm, thousands of...