Episodes

Episodes

Episode 28

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 27

Over the pandemic year, parents especially have had their hands full.

With a complete shift to online school, caretaking around the clock has dominated daily life for most.

Dr. Josh Honaker, CEO & Founder of ParentMD & Honaker Health wants to make it easier for parents.

Leveraging his pediatric expertise, Dr. Honaker created ParentMD, a site designed to provide accessible, professional pediatric advice to time-constrained parents.

On this episode of Heroes in Healthcare, Dr. Honaker joins us to talk about his journey from practitioner to medical entrepreneurship and how he’s partnering with parents to transform the telehealth industry.

You’ll learn about…

  • Patient-centric servicing
  • The types of pediatricians John hires
  • The future of ParentMD

To listen to the full episode and hear more about how Dr. Honaker is helping parents care for their children, click here or find the link in the comments below.

EPisode 26

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 25

Because they are worried about the stigma associated with seeking help, health care professionals with mental health issues often refuse to seek treatment.

The concern isn’t without merit. Certain states have wording in their license applications that allow them to discriminate against individuals who access mental health resources.

Needless to say, leaving mental health issues untreated can be very dangerous, which is why there needs to be a cultural shift around how we view mental health in healthcare.

Our first returning guest, Dr. Kellie Stecher , OB/GYN and Chief Medical Officer at Linked Inclusion, joins the show to share news from the frontlines of her continuing fight to bring awareness to this vitally important cause. Hear from Dr. Stecher about her new book, Delivering, and how she is creating a movement around Physician Mental Health issues one bite at a time.

Topics covered:

  • Policy updates around mental health and physician licensing
  • COVID from the perspective of the OB/GYN community
  • Why Dr. Stecher decided to write her book titled, Delivering
  • How, as CMO, Linked Inclusion is working to fix healthcare

Resources mentioned during the episode:

Episode #16 – “Mental Health: Caring for the Medical Community”

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episode 24

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 23 Part 2

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

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

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

Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:

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Episode 21

Medication regimens can at times be extremely complex and scary for patients. It can be helpful to have a guide — someone who can explain what they are taking, why they are taking it, and what side effects might occur. That’s where the pharmacologist comes in to save the day.

In this episode, Dr. Becky Bean, Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Novant Health, explains the important role pharmacologists play in a patient’s treatment.

Topics covered:

  • The deeper dives of a doctorate pharmacology program
  • The pharmacist’s role in COVID treatment
  • Precision medicine, digital care technology, and the future of medical treatment
  • Health equity

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Episode 19

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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introducing our new co-host: Olivia D'Angelo

In this special episode, we introduce a new co-host into the mix — Olivia D’Angelo, Division Vice President, Neurology, at Jackson & Coker.

Olivia shares:

  • Why she’s passionate about healthcare
  • Why past episodes have resonated with her
  • What she will bring to the show

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EPISODE 18

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

 

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Episode 17

Misinformation continues to crop up around the world regarding COVID-19.

To set the record straight, we talk with two heroic experts who have dedicated their lives to the study and treatment of infectious diseases: Dr. Supriya Mannepalli, Medical Director for Infectious Diseases, and Sandy Bozarth, MSN, RN, CIC, both with Northeast Georgia Health System.

Topics covered:

  • Proactive steps taken in the early days of the pandemic
  • What makes COVID highly contagious
  • The ingenuity involved in sourcing PPE
  • COVID variants and the future of treatment
  • Why the vaccine is a marvel of modern science

Heroes of Healthcare is hosted by Ted Weyn.

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Episode 16

Mental health issues — burnout, depression, anxiety, and suicide — are multiplying in the medical community. And the stresses of COVID have only exacerbated what was already a worrisome trend.

 

In this episode, Dr. Kellie Stecher, Co-Founder & President of Patient Care Heroes, shares what she has been doing to bring much-needed mental health resources and care to the heroes who care for us.

 

What we talked about:

  • The effects of the pandemic on her OB/GYN practice
  • Supporting the mental health of the medical community
  • Advocating for gender equity issues and a safe reporting structure for harassment and bullying

Episode 15

Psychiatry is about as damning a pathology as you can imagine. You’re dealing with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD brought on by unthinkable trauma. 

 

But for Dr. Michael Massa, it’s a calling that brings immense fulfillment. Dr. Massa has treated veterans and the underserved around the world enabling them to live their lives to the fullest. In this episode, I talk with him about:

 

  • Finding fulfillment and purpose in medicine
  • Getting knighted by the Vatican and working in a Catholic convent in Jordan
  • Treating veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project
  • Approaching treatments for patients with PTSD
  • The psychological trauma of COVID-19

 

Heroes of Healthcare is hosted by Ted Weyn.

 

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Episode 14

Thanks to COVID, most people are familiar with telemedicine, but some healthcare heroes were using it to change lives long before the pandemic. 

In this episode, two pioneers — Tanya Mack, President, and Dr. Anne Patterson, CEO, from Women’s Telehealth — share their insights about the past, present, and future of telehealth.

We discuss:

  • How Women’s Telehealth started and provides care for high-risk patients in remote areas
  • How COVID-19 changed telemedicine
  • What telemedicine will look like after the pandemic is over
  • The importance of vaccination for pregnant women 

Heroes of Healthcare is hosted by Ted Weyn.

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Episode 13

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 12

Every new technology comes with the fear that it will make a job obsolete. 

With healthcare recruiting, that fear was sparked by fax, email and internet job boards… 

But the news of the recruiter’s demise has been greatly exaggerated.

One need only look to Paul Olzak, Medical Staff Development Officer at Lake Health, to know that this is true. He joins me in the latest Heroes of Healthcare to explain what being a healthcare recruiter means in the modern world. 

We discuss:

  • How to attract the best talent in healthcare
  • How recruiter outreach and internet search are evolving in the healthcare talent pool
  • How recruiters help each other succeed

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Episode 11

Last year, everyday healthcare heroes shipped off to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only, in this war, there were no banners, no flags — no symbols of unity.

For many fighting alone in a new, scary setting, that unity could have made a huge difference.

That’s why Christen Roberts, CRNA, Mrs. Georgia American and Founder of Bambū, made it her mission to provide such a symbol to the extraordinary healthcare workers risking their lives to fight for all of us. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The origin of Bambū
  • How Christen’s message led to her pageant victory
  • How you can help spread Bambū’s message of resilience, hope, and unity.

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Episode 10

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

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Episode 09

It’s hard to overstate the magnitude of the current healthcare crisis. It’s even harder to overstate the role the many heroes of healthcare have played in rising to the moment. 

But one thing’s for sure: In this pandemic, there are no small players. 

In today’s episode, I’m joined by Cory Ferrier, Vice President at Adventist Health, where he — and many others like him — is proving that healthcare heroes can be found in every department in the industry. 

What we talked about:

  • Why Cory left a fun basketball career for a meaningful healthcare career
  • COVID-19 proves healthcare heroes aren’t only those providing clinical care
  • The advantages of Adventist Health’s Hospital at Home program

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

Episode 08

We’re in the business of helping people with their health… 

But it’s a job that can take a toll on our own wellbeing. 

How do we ensure wellness in the people spending every day making others well? 

I can think of no one better to ask than Dr. Jonathan Ripp, Chief Wellness Officer at The Mount Sinai Hospital, who joined me in the latest episode of Heroes of Healthcare.

What we talked about:

  • Tackling burnout in healthcare
  • Taking a data-based approach to wellbeing
  • The concentric circles impacting wellness

Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: https://icahn.mssm.edu/files/ISMMS/Assets/About%20the%20School/Office-well-being/MSHS_COVID-19_Toolkit.pdf

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Episode 07

It’s obviously important to think and talk about health — it’s why I run a show highlighting heroes in healthcare. 

But sometimes, the best thing for your health is to stop thinking about it. 

In a world beset by pandemic fears, sports can be one of the best distractions from the stress of worrying about health. 

That’s why I invited my long-time friend, Jack Curry, Sportscaster at Yes Network, onto the show to discuss the uncertain state of sports since COVID hit — and what comes next.

What we talked about:

  • Jack’s incredible career journey from the New York Times until now
  • Why sports still matter in uncertain times
  • How COVID has complicated professional sports and what to expect in the future

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Episode 06

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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Episode 05

It’s no secret frontline workers had it rough in recent months. 

They put their wellbeing on the line for ours. 

But how do they deal with the strain of such a demanding job? 

It’s a problem that vexed Heather Isola, Director of Physician Assistant Services at Mount Sinai Health System, in the early days of the pandemic — but ultimately, it boiled down to one thing: building resiliency. 

In the latest Heroes of Healthcare, Heather and I discuss resilience and how to build it in your healthcare teams. 

Heather explains:

  • The situation facing PAs at the outset of COVID-19
  • Why traditional approaches to mental wellness weren’t cutting it
  • How Mt. Sinai ultimately decided to tackle mental health through building resilience 

For more information on Mt. Sinai’s Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth, send an email to MS-CSRPG@mountsinai.org

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Episode 04

How much of your healthcare can you trust to a computer? 

Turns out, it’s probably more than you think. 

Health informatics play a critical role in everything from diagnosis to decision-making.

In this episode, I chat with Dr. Stanley Huff, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain Healthcare and Clinical Professor at University of Utah in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, about the past, present, and future of informatics in healthcare.

What we talked about:

  • The history of computers in medicine
  • How informatics can help diagnose disease
  • How to harness data effectively to support better healthcare outcomes
  • The role of informatics in reducing medical error through advanced decision-support
  • How pandemics like COVID-19 underscore the need for more efficient data sharing

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Episode 03

When a crisis strikes, how do you react?

For many healthcare professionals, a crisis is a calling. 

That was the case for Dr. Juan Cucalon, Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, when COVID-19 hit earlier this year. 

In the latest episode of Heroes of Healthcare, Dr. Cucalon shares why he couldn’t just sit by and do nothing while a pandemic was raging. 

We discuss:

  • How and why Dr. Cucalon stepped up to respond to COVID-19
  • The challenges in treating a new virus
  • Why a second wave didn’t surprise Dr. Cucalon

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Episode 02

In healthcare, things don’t always go as planned. 

So, it’s important to talk about the things no one talks about. 

And COVID-19 is proof. 

In our latest episode, Dr. Marc Napp, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Mount Sinai Health System, explains how healthcare leaders prepare for the most unlikely events through emergency management. 

Marc discusses:

  • The events that led to his focus on emergency management
  • How he and other healthcare leaders approached the pandemic
  • The tension between civic responsibility and civil liberties in the COVID era

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Episode 01

Making their own medications. Recommending meds to customers right on the spot. Pharmacists were a different kind of healthcare hero back in the mid 20th century.

In this episode of Heroes of Healthcare, host Ted Weyn Jr. interviews his father, Ted Weyn Sr., a 91-year-old retired pharmacist. The pair discusses… 

  • The responsibilities of a pharmacist in the mid 20th century
  • Why the drugstore was so integral to the community
  • How pharmacies did more than just fill prescriptions

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