Leadership

Mario Riportella’s Path from Navy SEAL to US Acute Care Solutions PA

August 10th, 2017
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When Mario Riportella went looking for a new PA job, he was interested in getting a little more autonomy. And who can blame him? In 2005, Riportella, a Navy SEAL at the time, was in charge of triaging nearly 200 military personnel in the midst of Operation Red Wings, a search and rescue operation later […]

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Posted in General, Leadership

The Motherhood Advantage In Leadership

July 25th, 2017
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Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt adapted from a forthcoming book to be published by the American Association of Women Emergency Physicians. The book will feature a collection of personal stories from and about women in emergency medicine, including Dr. Lawrence. As a working mother and an Air Force hospital commander, I often relied […]

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A Physicians Group Dedicated To Physician Ownership – And All That It Entails

May 23rd, 2017
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This year (like last) I have made A List Preferred Status on Southwest Airlines. As I write, I’m actually sitting at DCA on a weekend night having left my family waiting for a flight to head out on another business trip. When I finished medical school over 25 years ago, achieving airline preferred status wasn’t really […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Leadership

The Challenge and the Opportunity of ONE USACS

September 22nd, 2016
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When I began my career some 25 years ago, my measure of success was pretty simple: take better care of my patients. The average emergency medicine clinician will treat 75,000 patients over a 25-year career. That’s a staggering number of lives to touch. At some point early in my career, I realized there were different […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Leadership, Life in the ER

Four Months After Becoming a Founding Partner in USACS: Where Are We?

May 11th, 2016
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On January 1st of this year, MEP Health became a founding partner in US Acute Care Solutions. Four months later, one thing is abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already: if you’re not comfortable with change, you’re probably working in the wrong industry. Some might say you’re living in the wrong century. Our decision to help […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership

Clinician Groups: Amid Widespread Healthcare Consolidation, What Are Your Choices?

January 20th, 2016
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It’s been described as “a cyclical arms race,” as well as a Game of Thrones-style struggle for dominance over the healthcare kingdom. Whatever you call it, the widespread consolidation of health insurers on the one side and hospitals and health systems on the other leaves clinician groups with a difficult choice to make. They can […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership

Why Aren’t There More Women at the Top?

August 14th, 2015
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In life, I have become used to being the “only one” in the room. The only woman. The only African-American. The only person from Kansas. I walk into most meetings and the room is full of men. I feel right at home … being the only one. Ideally, I would like to look around in […]

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Posted in Leadership

How Mentorship & Leadership Development Took Me from Residency to Assistant Medical Director

March 3rd, 2015
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As I approached residency graduation, like many new physicians before me, I was scared. During residency I had been surrounded by mentors – people guiding my personal growth and development, and I was scared that on my own, that growth would stop.

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Posted in For Residents, Leadership, Quality Efficiency Utilization

What US Hospitals and Healthcare Providers Should Take Away from the Ebola Outbreak

October 20th, 2014
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Among reams of coverage on the ebola outbreak, Politico just published a characteristic story with the headline, “In the world of ebola, no room for error.” The only problem is that is as soon as you introduce a human element to any system, there will be error. That’s the reality that healthcare leaders across the […]

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Posted in Leadership, Life in the ER, Quality Efficiency Utilization

Change at Frederick Memorial Hospital, or, Looking for Brown Ferns

September 17th, 2013
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The last time our emergency medicine group took over management of a new emergency department, at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut, my colleague Noah Keller wrote a post about how we try to instill our unique brand of company culture within the first days and weeks of taking over. Rather than memorizing protocols, we are memorizing people’s names, he […]

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Posted in Leadership, Life in the ER