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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...

Hospitalists’ Role in Operational Excellence

By Rohit Uppal, MD, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer, Hospitalist Services I recently participated in a LEAN Flow Improvement course with hospital medicine and emergency medicine clinicians and hospital leaders. LEAN processing focuses on eliminating waste, improving quality and maximizing value. These are familiar concepts to hospitalists because they have been core elements of the hospital...

Anesthesiology in 2028

By Sonya Pease, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Anesthesiology Does anyone remember the Ploss Valve? It was this nifty little piece of plastic that created a switch valve that allowed us to simultaneously monitor the patients’ blood pressure, pulse and respirations through our earpiece. Long before the days of automated blood pressure cuffs and the invention...

The Surgical Solution Shop

By Sonya Pease, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Anesthesiology Our primary role as physicians and advanced practice clinicians (APCs) is to take great care of patients. In a healthcare environment so focused on costs as we shift to value-based care where reimbursement is tied to the quality and efficiency of the care delivered, it’s easy to...

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 Hospital Medicine Impacts Metrics at a Tennessee Hospital

In 2016, the leadership team at Tennova Cleveland in Cleveland, Tennessee met with TeamHealth’s new facility medical director (FMD) to discuss top priorities for the hospital medicine program’s performance enhancement, including improving relationships with community-based physicians, streamlining patient throughput and raising HCAHPS scores. The FMD devised plans to tackle all three issues, starting with a...

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...

So, You Want to be a Surgeon?

By Sonya Pease, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Anesthesiology It seems like there is so much focus on patient satisfaction and healthcare client satisfaction these days that we sometimes lose sight of the fact that it is the satisfaction of our surgeon colleagues that actually matters the most. Our surgeons are valuable customers, and it is...

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...

Perioperative Integration Promotes Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

TeamHealth Benefits of Integrating Perioperative Care by Dr. Sonya Pease, Imagine for a moment that you’re a 50-year-old, otherwise healthy patient with a new diagnosis of colon cancer found during routine screening colonoscopy. You now need a right colon resection. How do you select your surgeon or the hospital where you’ll have surgery? Does your...

TeamHealth Helps Improve Patient Satisfaction

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital developed an emergency department (ED) throughput initiative in response to patient satisfaction surveys and safety initiatives from The Joint Commission for improving wait times patient safety. The initiative had two goals: Move patients from the point of entry to meeting with the medical provider as quickly as possible. Increase communication with...

TeamHealth Helps CarolinaEast Medical Center Face Orthopedic Challenges

Several years ago, CarolinaEast Medical Center, located in New Bern, North Carolina, faced challenges with its emergency call coverage for orthopedic patients. CarolinaEast turned to the experts at TeamHealth, who ultimately worked with the hospital and the orthopedic physicians to design a hospitalist program that benefits all parties. Under the program, TeamHealth provides orthopedic hospitalists...

TeamHealth Integrates OB-ED and OB Hospitalist Services

TeamHealth’s OB/GYN hospitalist program provides stable, dependable services to help your hospital deliver higher quality care to expectant mothers. As the first OB/GYN hospitalist company in the country, we have the experience and resources to help hospitals nationwide achieve their obstetric department’s goals. Our clinicians provide a 24/7/365 in-hospital OB/GYN provider presence that specializes in...

TeamHealth Helps Improve Patient Satisfaction

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital developed an emergency department (ED) throughput initiative in response to patient satisfaction surveys and safety initiatives from The Joint Commission for improving wait times patient safety. The initiative had two goals: Move patients from the point of entry to meeting with the medical provider as quickly as possible. Increase communication with...

In recognition of TeamHealth colleagues who responded during the Las Vegas Shooting

TeamHealth Colleagues, On Monday, October 2, our nation woke up to learn of the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas, Nevada, where a gunman opened fire during a music festival on the Las Vegas strip. At least 58 people were killed, and more than 520 were injured. As I absorbed the news, my mind...