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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...

National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2019: The Opioid Work Group

National Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 10-16. Although the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization has an extensive portfolio of initiatives in place, we want to highlight how the TeamHealth Opioid Work Group assists clinicians with improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare delivery in the midst of our nation’s opioid epidemic. According to Centers...

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...

Patient Experience of Care

By Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, TeamHealth Chief Medical Officer for Hospital-Based Services, Chief Risk Officer Patient experience of care, historically referred to as patient satisfaction, is critically important to the success of any healthcare institution, organization and individual clinician. While healthcare organizations appropriately focus on important quality metrics reflecting clinical outcomes, the patient’s experience is...

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...

It’s National Patient Safety Week!

March 11-17 is National Patient Safety Week. This initiative first began in 2002 by the National Patient Safety Foundation and is meant to increase awareness about patient safety. To celebrate, we want to share some information about the great work that the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization (THPSO) is doing to assist our clinicians with improving...

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...