Episode 47: The Recruitment Side of Healthcare

 SSM Health is one of the largest health systems in the midwest. As a faith-based, not-for-profit hospital network, their mission is to treat and heal their friends and family in the communities they serve.

In the episode, Physician and Provider Recruiter for SSM Health, Jason Nelson shares an inside glimpse into the experiences of physicians and advanced practitioners working for SSM. Listen as we discuss:

– Rumors of physician shortages

– Maintaining work-life balance for their staff

– Effective methods for collecting and processing patient feedback

Episode 46: The Hidden Manufacturers of COVID-19 Tests

Capillary flow membranes are the base for both Covid and pregnancy tests. Once sprayed with a protein solution, they act as a key indicator by changing colors when in contact with the right compounds.

In this episode, head of product management for diagnostic manufacturing materials at MilliporeSigma, Shawn Gaskell explains the creation processes for these tests, their evolution during the pandemic, and how they might revolutionize medicine in the near future.


Join us as we discuss:


– The deployment of rapid Covid-19 tests


– The expansion of telehealth technologies


– How Technology will help alleviate the doctor-shortage

Episode 45: What Are Locum Tenens and Why We Need Them In Healthcare

In every profession, there are systems in place to cover for when someone can’t show up for work. In education we have substitute teachers but in healthcare, we have Locum Tenens.

In today’s episode, our hosts Ted Weyn and Olivia Reed, come together to share how the physicians and doctors come to work in Locum Tenens, the inspiration for the Heroes of Healthcare podcast, and the work that Jackson & Coker is doing to lobby for legislation that supports this needed career path.

Join us as we discuss:

Legislation that impacts locum tenen physicians

Why hospitals and health centers need locum tenens

Career paths for doctors who want more flexibility and independence

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Episode 28: An Open Empathetic Approach to Managing Mental Fatigue in Healthcare

Episode 28: An Open Empathetic Approach to Managing Mental Fatigue in Healthcare

Dr. Hany Y. Atallah, Chief Medical Officer at Jackson Memorial Hospital, never wanted to go into administration. The last thing he wanted to do was wear a suit every day.

But over time, he recognized the transformational power of being in a position to identify a problem and to bring together the people who can fix it.

In his administrative career, he has confronted many problems from massive water leaks inside Grady Hospital that shut down a third of inpatient beds to COVID and the mental fatigue that accompanied civil unrest.

Through it all, he has kept one priority in focus: Providing exceptional patient care.

We discuss:

  • Making operational adjustments during an internal flood at Grady Hospital
  • How leadership at his hospital managed rising mental fatigue
  • Transitioning from departmental head to a healthcare system head at Jackson Memorial
  • Inherent frustrations that come with healthcare administration

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Episode 26: Embracing Authentic Healthcare Leadership

Episode 26: Embracing Authentic Healthcare Leadership

Being a leader in healthcare is not for the faint of heart. It requires grit and determination, and unlike many jobs, it doesn’t stop at 5 o’clock.

That’s why today’s guest, John Couris, President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, believes that healthcare leadership is not just a job or a career—it’s a vocation.

In this episode, John talks about his journey in becoming a healthcare leader, and why the authentic leadership model is the most sustainable way to improve your organization.

We discuss:

  • The dedication it takes to be a successful leader in healthcare
  • The difficult decisions his team faced during the pandemic
  • Leading with authenticity, transparency, vulnerability, and kindness
  • Seeking out constructive criticism from staff

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Episode 24: Connecting Healthcare Executives to Healthcare Solutions

Episode 24: Connecting Healthcare Executives to Healthcare Solutions

One of the best ways for healthcare leaders to gain knowledge and learn best practices is through conversations with their peers. However, it’s often difficult to arrange these types of conversations.

Hays Waldrop, Founder and President of the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers, has made it his life’s mission to act as a facilitator for these conversations.

His company connects healthcare executives to each other and to suppliers for an ongoing conversation around what’s happening in the industry and what solutions are available to push it forward.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Connecting healthcare executives with suppliers
  • Current problems faced by healthcare executives
  • Prevalent issues within healthcare

Resources mentioned during the podcast:

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Episode 18: Servant Leadership: A System’s Approach to Crisis

Episode 18: Servant Leadership: A System's Approach to Crisis

Some of the most successful healthcare leaders embrace servant leadership. In a crisis, there’s no better approach for rallying your team behind a cause.

In today’s episode, Dr. Jeremy Blanchard, System Chief Medical Officer at North Mississippi Health Services, explains why vulnerability, humility, and a willingness to follow are vital to effective leadership.

Topics covered:

  • How hardships in childhood informed his leadership approach
  • Using a personal vision statement as a career guide
  • Bringing compassion and care to rural communities
  • Leveraging data and modeling during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The vaccine push in Mississippi

Heroes of Healthcare is hosted by Ted Weyn.

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Episode 10: Unsung Heroes: Coordinating Emergency Services in New York City

Episode 10: Unsung Heroes: Coordinating Emergency Services in New York City

Last year, a makeshift field hospital was built in Central Park. Did you know the last time that happened was during The Civil War?

The pandemic has stretched the healthcare system to its limits, but at every turn, healthcare workers across the country have met the challenge with compassion and creativity.

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Brendan Carr, who is the Professor & System Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine in the Mount Sinai Health System, about the massive effort that went into fighting COVID in New York City and the many unsung heroes that led the way.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we talked about:

  • The unsung heroes in supply-chain logistics
  • The coordination effort that went into setting up a makeshift hospital in Central Park
  • Solving the strain on the oxygen system during the height of COVID hospitalizations
  • Why this challenge required a different kind of leadership

Heroes of Healthcare is hosted by Ted WeynTo hear this interview and more like it, subscribe to Heroes of Healthcare on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.