Episode 31: Public Health Initiatives from the White House w/ Dr. Sandra Ford

Episode 31: Public Health Initiatives from the White House w/ Dr. Sandra Ford

The big challenge in public health is finding a way to connect all the disparate services and resources scattered throughout the country to the people who need them most.

The best tool in that fight is data.

That’s why unifying data sources is the main focus of Dr. Sandra Ford, the Special Assistant to the President for Public Health and Science at The White House.

In this episode, she talks about the inherent challenges in public health and some of the strategies her team is using to tie everything together.

We discuss:

  • Dr. Ford’s path to the special assistant role at The White House
  • The vision and mission of the role
  • Why connecting data across services is the key to solving public health issues
  • The process of building platforms, procedures, and policies
  • Why local community support is the best tool to overcome vaccine hesitancy

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Episode 23 part 2: Cycle of Patient Care During a COVID Surge

Episode 23 part 2: Cycle of Patient Care During a COVID Surge

COVID causes tremendous downstream impact within a healthcare system.

It means that healthcare professionals are working 24/7 to care for all the patients who come in. It means that treatment of other patients — for example, those who are chronically ill or who need to get a CT scan — gets pushed back so that COVID patients can be treated.

In short, the effects of the COVID pandemic go way beyond COVID-infected patients.

In part 2 of this 2-part series, we continue our panel discussion with six distinguished physicians from Memorial Healthcare System.

Our panel includes:

We discuss:

  • The delta variant
  • Whether FDA approval will improve vaccination rates
  • How to protect unvaccinated children

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Episode 23 part 1: Cycle of Patient Care During a COVID Surge

Episode 23 part 1: Cycle of Patient Care During a COVID Surge

On an average day, there are usually 1,400 beds in operation across the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida. During the first wave of COVID last summer, the hospital exceeded that capacity with 1,600 patients.

Florida is now in the midst of another COVID wave. This time patients are younger, and they are almost entirely unvaccinated — and at the peak of the wave, there were 1,700 patients in the hospital system.

In part 1 of this 2-part series, we’re joined by six distinguished physicians from Memorial Healthcare System to discuss what the treatment cycle of a COVID patient looks like today.

Our panel includes:

We discuss:

  • How the current COVID wave is different from the first wave
  • The different phases of treatment
  • The importance of getting the vaccine

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Episode 22: Focusing on Positivity & Optimism in Challenging Times

Episode 22: Focusing on Positivity & Optimism in Challenging Times

Medical staff have been put through the ringer over the last year. Hospital systems have experienced economic challenges, a reduction in workforce, and of course, the continuing challenges related to COVID.

With all that is going on, keeping morale high might seem like a gargantuan task.

In this episode, Jordan Voigt, President, Genesis Medical Center – Davenport, talks about how his team instituted an initiative around positivity and optimism, and how it resulted in improved levels of happiness, despite these challenging times.

We discuss:

  • Investing in the personal happiness of medical center staff
  • How a focus on optimism influenced the center during COVID
  • Strategies for recruitment and retention
  • The challenges of vaccine mandates

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Episode 20: From COVID to Loa Loa: The Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Episode 20: From COVID to Loa Loa: The Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Infectious disease is a broad category. There are a lot of tropical diseases out there, and any part of the body can become infected. But according to today’s healthcare hero, that’s also what makes it the most interesting field of medicine.

Co-host Olivia D’Angelo has a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. David Priest, SVP Safety, Quality, and Epidemiology at Novant Health, about the COVID pandemic and the world of infectious diseases.

They discuss:

  • Strategies to alleviate burnout
  • The prevalence and treatment for different infectious diseases
  • Bringing a personal touch to vaccine management
  • Continued investment in public health programs

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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 13: COVID-19’s Impact on Under-Resourced Communities

Episode 13: COVID-19's Impact on Under-Resourced Communities

Bridging healthcare gaps in underserved communities comes with unique challenges, including socio-economic misalignment. In today’s episode, Rashard Johnson, President at Advocate Aurora Health and I unpack what this means and how they are addressing on the southside of Chicago.

We discuss:

  • Experiencing and responding to the pandemic at Advocate Aurora Health
  • Awareness and protection of mental health among team members
  • The impact of George Floyd’s death on healthcare teams
  • Accommodating and embracing difficult conversations
  • Why underserved and black communities are at greater risk of succumbing to COVID-19
  • Pros and cons of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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Episode 06: Pandemic Innovation: COVID Vaccine, AI, & more

Episode 06: Pandemic Innovation: COVID Vaccine, AI, & More

Have you been hearing rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine? It can be hard to know what source to believe.

It’s time to dispel any misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccination. In this episode, Dr. Eric Eskioğlu, EVP & Chief Medical Officer at Novant Health, does just that.

Plus, he and Ted discuss…

  • The socioeconomic effects of the pandemic
  • The future of AI and other advanced technologies in healthcare
  • Dr. Eskioğlu’s unconventional journey into medicine and his advice for new physicians

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