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October 3, 2017

Hospitals must always be prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to powerful storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, mass casualty events and other potential disasters. If a disaster is preceded with sufficient warning such as weather reports, hospitals typically activate an incident command center that manages resources and response activities before, during and after the event. Similarly, some clinical outsourcing partners...

I Was Put On This Earth to Be a Physician Assistant

October 10, 2017

Hospitals must always be prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to powerful storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, mass casualty events and other potential disasters. If a disaster is preceded with sufficient warning such as weather reports, hospitals typically activate an incident command center that manages resources and response activities before, during and after the event. Similarly, some clinical outsourcing partners...

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Disaster Preparedness: Strategies for Managing the Unexpected

Hospitals must always be prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to powerful storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, mass casualty events and other potential disasters. If a disaster is preceded with sufficient warning such as weather reports, hospitals typically activate an incident command center that manages resources and response activities before, during and after the event. Similarly, some clinical outsourcing partners...

Telemedicine: No Longer Just for The Jetsons

by Joseph Chow, MD, President, Ambulatory Care For those who remember The Jetsons, talking to another person via a computer screen seemed so out of reach and farfetched. (For those who don’t, you can Google it). Now, I FaceTime my kids whenever I’m out of town and it’s the norm. Last month, I had the...

Just One Shift

By Joseph Chow, MD, President, Ambulatory Care Because TeamHealth clinicians are seeing patients, we all have a vested interest in making TeamHealth as reputable and healthy as possible. Consider some navigational math: if you veer by only one degree in a flight plan across the world, you will wind up more than 500 miles off...

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...

Let’s LEAD! Part 2

Today’s blog is part two of a series with Dr. Robert Strauss, TeamHealth’s Vice President of Program Development, on what clinicians can expect when attending TeamHealth’s leadership training. TeamHealth: Dr. Strauss, thank you for sharing more information about TeamHealth’s Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) program. In Let’s LEAD: Part 1 you referred to several training...

Let’s LEAD! The Leadership Training that Makes TeamHealth Strong

Recently, we spoke with Dr. Robert Strauss, TeamHealth’s Vice President of Program Development. He has substantial responsibility for orienting and training TeamHealth clinical leaders. Beyond that, Dr. Strauss developed and conducts the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) ED Directors Academy, a four-phase curriculum to develop and coach physician leaders. Additionally, Dr. Strauss is chief...

Barbara Blevins’ Impact on TeamHealth’s Women in Leadership Program

We recently spoke with Barbara Blevins, former TeamHealth president of integrated operations, about her career in healthcare, her time at TeamHealth and the impact she continues to leave on the organization through her vision in founding our Women In Leadership (WIL) program. TeamHealth: Tell me about your roles and responsibilities while working in healthcare and...

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...

‘Spring Cleaning’ is Crucial to Meeting UCAOA Accreditation Standards

By Joseph Chow, MD, President, Ambulatory Care Because I’m in Buffalo where we are under a winter storm warning with up to six inches of snow as of this April 18 authorship, I say “spring” with a chilled sarcasm. However, let this time of year be a reminder and prompt to start readying ourselves and...

Women In Leadership Celebrate Dr. Mary Haven Merkle

With decades of experience as a practicing internist, hospital physician and physician executive, Dr. Mary Haven Merkle lends her wealth of knowledge and skills to the company as Senior Vice President of Integrated Services and we are pleased to award her the Women In Leadership – Leadership Award. The Women in Leadership Award is designed...

Preparing for the Dreaded ‘Flu Season’ in Emergency Departments

By Dr. David E. Hogan DO MPH FACEP Director TeamHealth National Academic Consortium Director of Education TeamHealth West Group There’s an old adage “if you’ve seen one flu season, you’ve seen one flu season.” After years of working in the Emergency Department, most of us will attest to the truth of that saying. The data...

Doctor, do you take your own advice?

By Joseph Chow, MD, President, Ambulatory Care I recently had the pleasure of participating in a TV interview with a local affiliate. The reporter was asking about the flu and how best to prevent it, which really boils down to a question of how to stay healthy. My answer flowed easily: receive your flu shot,...

Celebrating Our Women In Leadership for National Women Physicians Day

TeamHealth joins National Women Physicians Day in celebrating women physicians as colleagues, friends, family and doctors. We want to recognize not only the strides that have been made by generations of women doctors but that a balance must be struck that allows women to succeed professionally while balancing family. Watch this great video with our own...