Episodes

Episodes

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.

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

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

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 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

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 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.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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