Episode # 92 – MRSA and C. diff Should Not Have Messed with Jeanine Thomas Who Leads the MRSA Survivors Network, Which is Outing the Bigs Who Prefer to Bury THIS Epidemic Much Worse than COVID-19

In this episode Ron chats with Jeanine Thomas, President/ Founder of MRSA Survivors Network, National Spokesperson for MRSA, MRSA Expert and Consultant. Here, they discuss the evolution of her long battle with MRSA. She also goes into detail about how that experience turned her in to an advocate for other MRSA survivors. Since founding the MRSA Survivors Network, she has lead the fight against MRSA and helped its survivors be heard. Jeanine is a true voice for change!

Ms. Thomas has been a marketing executive in international travel and tourism for over 20 years. She has worked with major foreign corporations and worked for the Government of Thailand as their National Marketing Director of the Americas. She has helped to organize medical missions to northern Thailand hill tribes, who have no medical assistance.

Ms. Thomas founded MRSA Survivors Network in early 2003 due to having been critically ill with a MRSA infection, sepsis and C. difficile from ankle surgery. Her organization was the first in the U.S. to raise the alarm about the MRSA epidemic, healthcare-acquired infections (HAI’s) and antibiotic resistance (AMR) to state and federal health officials in the U.S.

Ms. Thomas worked with then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama to pass the Hospital Report Card Act that mandated infections and patient/nurse ratios be publicly reported and it passed in 2003.

Ms. Thomas was the first advocate in January of 2006 to initiate in the U.S. mandated screening (universal) and public reporting of MRSA infection rates in the Illinois General Assembly. She initiated legislation again in January of 2007 – The MRSA Screening and Reporting Act which mandated screening for MRSA in all Illinois hospitals for ICU and at- risk patients and mandated MRSA infection rate reporting.  The bill passed and was signed into law by the Governor on Aug. 20, 2007; making Illinois the first state to pass and enact mandated screening in the U.S. Five other states have since passed similar legislation.

Ms. Thomas also works on a federal level with her U.S. congress members on MRSA, healthcare-acquired infection and antibiotic resistant bacteria issues and has worked on three federal bills for mandated MRSA screening and reporting.

Ms. Thomas initiated legislation in 2011 in the Illinois House and Senate to mandate that MRA, C. diff and VRE be put on death certificates if it was a contributing factor or cause of death. It passed unanimously and the first state to have all three pathogens mandated on death certificates.

Ms. Thomas launched and announced World MRSA Day, Oct.2 and World MRSA Awareness Month, October in January of 2009 and the first Inaugural World MRSA Day Kick-off Event was held on Oct. 1, 2009 at Loyola University Chicago. Initiated by MRSA Survivors Network, U.S. Senate Resolution 301 (IL Sen. Durbin) passed Oct. 5, 2009, designating World MRSA Day, October 2 and World MRSA Awareness Month, October.

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Episode # 91 – Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex Disinfection Services Knows it Takes a Light Emitting Robot to Completely Eliminate in 2 minutes Pathogens like C-19 – Mayo, Waldorf Astoria, the Carolina Panthers, and Hundreds More Like Them Agree.

In this episode Morris Miller returns to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his business and made the demand for the disinfection robots his company makes to skyrocket. Last time Morris was on the show was 9 months ago and a lot has changed since then. Numerous peer reviewed studies have come out about saying with certainty that the Lightstrike Pulsed Xenon Disinfection robot does in fact kill SARS-CoV-2. Morris discusses how the technology is being adapted by an increasing number of organizations, all with fantastic results. He also looks into what the future may hold when it comes to fighting the pandemic from a disinfection standpoint.

Morris Miller, CEO of XENEX. Xenex is a world leader in automated room disinfection. Through the use of Xenon technology and innovative hospital disinfection protocols, the company has helped hospitals achieve significant infection reduction results.

As CEO, Morris is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and oversight of day-to-day operations.

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Morris is a graduate of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is the founder of Sequel and Cutstone Ventures, which invests in/acts as an advisor to numerous start-ups such as Inventables, Adometry, and Golfballs.com. He started Curtis Hill Publishing, the first company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM, and he was also the co-founder and President/CEO of Rackspace (NYSE: RAX). Morris is a member of APIC, BioMed SA, and ACG Central Texas.

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Episode # 90 – Dr. Jaime Hope is a Master Teacher of Medical Students, an ER Doc, an Author Famous for Her Mantras. “The Answer is in The Patient.” “A Test is Always a Question.” More Nuggets Here – Listen Up.

This episode features Dr. Jamie Hope, Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author and Attending Physician at Beaumont Health Royal Oak’s Level 1 Trauma Tertiary Care Center. Here she discusses the importance of helping patients to change their lifestyles so that do not have to go the ER later in life by improving the primary care model. She also dives into how the EHR becomes a barrier between doctor and patient interaction and it takes away from the human connection. Jamie also takes on the topic of workplace violence and how it can be prevented and properly handled.

Dr. Jaime Hope is an attending physician at Beaumont Health Royal Oak’s Level 1 Trauma Tertiary Care Center, one of the busiest in the country.  She also provides care at a rural critical access hospital in Harbor Beach, MI.  She is a graduate of the Mich State Univ College of Human Medicine and completed residency at Beaumont Health, Royal Oak.  She completed her Fellowship in Medical Education through the OUWB School of Medicine.

Dr. Hope is an Assistant Professor at OUWB School of Medicine and an enthusiastic educator in clinical medicine and the Promotion and Maintenance of Health course.  She is also the faculty advisor for the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group and has helped spearhead multiple community service projects.  Her efforts and dedication to her students led her to receive the nomination for the 2018 Arnold P Gold National Humanism Award.

Dr. Hope serves on the Patient Experience Committee, the Human Trafficking Task Force, The Pain Management Steering Committee, the Curriculum Integration Committee, and the BMG Service Excellence Committee, The Patient Family Advisory Council, and is passionate about promoting good patient-physician relationships.

Dr. Hope has been an invited lecturer across the country on a variety of medical and health related topics.  She has done Board Review educational courses, Grand Rounds, podcasts, press conferences, television and radio appearances, and educational mastermind courses in addition to her many live audience sessions.

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Episode # 89 – Wait! The Origin of Virtual Primary Care was Born the Day After the Birth of the iPhone? Meet Dr. Jay Parkinson the Original Creator and a Pediatrician Who Grew Sherpaa and Now as a Principal at Crossover Health Serve Up Primary Care and More at Amazon, LinkedIn and More at Their Places of Business.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Jay Parkinson, Chief Designer at Crossover Health. Here they discuss what inspired him to create a virtual primary care platform. They dive into how it combined the scalability and accessibility of telehealth with the continuity found in traditional primary care and enables their primary care doctors to manage 95% of the conditions a traditional office-based primary care doctor can manage. They look at how the platform has grown and evolved over the years and what difficulties they faced along the way. Jay also looks towards the future of not only his platform, but healthcare as a whole.

Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, founded Sherpaa in 2012 and developed a wide employer and retail member base across the United States. Sherpaa is the leading provider of asynchronous communication between patients and providers. A driven entrepreneur, Jay’s background in the healthcare industry includes being partner at The Future Well, and Founder and CMO of Hello Health. He completed his Preventative Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins, and his Pediatric Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York. Jay has earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and Penn State Medical School.

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Episode # 88 – Dr. Trent Talbot Overcame his and his Grandfather’s “Irreversible” Conditions by Deep Diving into Non-Traditional Solutions. Hear how The MediSearch Institute was born.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Trent Talbot. Trent is the Founder of The MediSearch Institute. Here they discuss how Trent and his grandfather both suffered from chronic conditions for which they thought were untreatable. Trent discovered that through serious research into a patient’s entire medical history and talking to experts from multiple specialties all over the world, patients with even the most confusing and difficult diagnoses can find solutions. He created The MediSearch Institute to help these kinds of patients. Primary care docs, specialists, and hospitals do not always have the bandwidth or resources to do a deep dive in to these complex kinds of cases. The MediSearch Institute meets with these patients and uses its broad network of experts to offer solutions, treatments, and hope. Trent discusses some of the success stories of his company, and how happy patients are when issues they never thought were solvable have been solved.

Trent is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, an Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honor Medical Society inductee, and a Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

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Episode # 87 – Marshall Allen of ProPublica is as Respected as Healthcare Journalists Come. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer, He Exposes the Egregious Behavior of the Bigs. Learn What Drives Him Here.

In this episode Ron chats with brilliant healthcare journalist, Marshall Allen. Here they do a deep dive into the insights Marshall has gained into some of the shadier practices in the healthcare industry from his journalistic work. Marshall talks about what inspired him to leave his career as a pastor and become an investigative journalist. Marshall talks about his series from 2018 – 2019 called “The Health Insurance Hustle” which focused on the rising costs and absurdities of health insurance in America. Ron and Marshall also debate whether the CEOS of major health systems are deserving of multimillion dollar a year salaries and discuss things potential ideas for topics that Marshall can write about in the future.

Marshall Allen investigates why we pay so much for health care in the United States and get so little in return. He is one of the creators of ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard, which published the complication rates for about 17,000 surgeons who perform eight common elective procedures. Allen’s work has been honored with several journalism awards, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for work at the Las Vegas Sun, where he worked before coming to ProPublica in 2011. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a master’s degree in Theology.

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Episode # 86 – Dr. Clive Fields of VillageMD and Walgreens Agreed to a Billion Dollar Partnership in July. 500-700 Clinics Over 5 years. Meet the Visionary Who is Taking Primary Care to the Next Level.

In this episode, Ron chats with Dr. Clive Fields, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at VillageMD. Here they discuss Clive’s career and how VillageMD was founded with the sole purpose of helping independent physicians succeed in the transition from fee per service to value-based care. They also look at how COVID-19 has changed the primary care landscape and where value-based care fits in the pandemic era and beyond. Clive explains the importance of the new partnership between Walgreens and VillageMD, and much more.

As Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of VillageMD and an esteemed practicing physician, Clive Fields, M.D., is transforming the way today’s patients and physicians experience health care. Dr. Fields helped create VillageMD in 2013 to enable progressive physician groups, independent practices and health care organizations to move toward a primary care-led, high-value clinical model with improved quality, exceptional patient experiences and lower costs. Under Dr. Fields’ co-leadership, VillageMD has grown from an initial practice of 13 physicians to a partnership with more than 2,500 physicians across seven states who are responsible for approximately 500,000 lives.

Dr. Fields has demonstrated a passion to deliver value-based care throughout his medical career. His dedication and contributions culminated in his receiving the 2018 Robert Graham AAFP Physician Executive of the Year by the American Academy of Family Practice’s (AAFP). He has also been consistently named one of Houston’s “Top Doctors” by H Magazine and Texas Monthly. In the early 1990s, prior to beginning VillageMD, Dr. Fields initiated and served as president of Village Family Practice, which became one of the largest primary care groups in Houston and was recognized for its quality of care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Despite his leadership roles and commitments, Dr. Fields makes patient care his ultimate priority. He sees patients weekly and serves on staff at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, The Methodist Hospital and CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Fields also functions as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at both Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Houston. An active member of the AAFP, he is a regular contributor on health care topics for leading publications including Forbes, Health Data Management and the Houston Chronicle. Dr. Fields received his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School and his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Episode # 85 – Mark Henderson Leary is an EOS (Entrepreneur Operating System) Ninja who can Help you Take your Practice Back with Tools, Scorecards, and Systems That Just Make Sense.

In this episode Ron chats with Mark Henderson Leary, an Entrepreneurial Operating System expert. Here they discuss how EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) works as a system of tools to help businesses run better and more efficiently. It focuses on areas such as: having all of the leadership at an organization on the same page, having a healthy and functioning team, creating a culture of honesty and accountability, and more. Mark explains the scorecards and key metrics he uses to track the teams and team members to ensure that they are achieving the desired results through the correct behavior. He also discusses how EOS works in the world of healthcare organizations.

Mark Henderson Leary is an expert business growth strategist, focusing on culture, mission, and process. He started, bought, and sold multiple businesses and now spends his time helping business owners avoid the mistakes he made and skip right to the successes.

Mark believes in three things as a leader:
– Building people up
– Leading by example
– The leader’s heart is a servant’s heart

Companies count on Mark to teach them how to:
– Create tangible and measurable growth strategy
– Ensure the people in the business are as effective as they can be in a unified and intentional culture
– Simplify complex business problems that can be easily understood and solved

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Episode # 84 – Wait! Dr. Anand Mehta was the First Medical Director at Walmart Health’s Pilot Clinic in Dallas, Georgia. Hear How They Offer Transparently Priced Affordable Care for What Might Someday be Their 2 Million Daily Customers.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Anand Mehta, Medical Director for the Flagship location for Walmart Health in Dallas, GA. Here they do a deep dive into the new Walmart Health and Wellness model. They offer Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health, Optical, Hearing, Labs, Imaging, and Pharmacy all in one location. Anand talks about the significance of having all of those services in one convenient location at a low cost. This model could be a good way to encourage patients with chronic conditions who do not seek healthcare services frequently enough to utilize them more often.

Dr. Anand Mehta is dedicated family physician who is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he attended SUNY Buffalo. He later graduated Medical School from Kasturba Medical College, India. His residency was completed at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. Dr. Mehta then worked for the hospital group before moving to Georgia in 2014.

Since the move to GA, Dr. Mehta worked as a solo family physician for WellStar Health System for five years in Roswell, GA. His most recent position was as a Medical Director of Walmart Health in Dallas, GA. Dr Mehta and his team were able to make the very first Walmart Health in the nation a growing success.  During this time, he has created a reputation for himself as a caring and compassionate provider.

Dr. Mehta takes the time to listen to the needs of his patients.  He is an extrovert known to make people laugh, is empathetic, kind and welcoming, with extensive medical knowledge. His character is spoken highly by patients, both in New Jersey and in Georgia.

He has received remarkable patient satisfaction scores, coupled with providing exceptional care to his patients. He is known to his former coworkers and employees as a great team leader, always lending kind words, a smile and strives to provide hispatient’s ultimate care.

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Episode # 83 – Over 91 Million Americans Have a Rare Condition or Genetic Disorder that Lands Them in the Cracks and Crevices of Misdiagnosed Care. Today, They can Have a Graphic Timeline Thanks to Katie McCurdy of Pictal Health.

In this episode Ron chats with Katie McCurdy, the Founder of Pictal Health. Here she discusses her journey with her own autoimmune disease and how it inspired her to create Pictal Health. Her platform enables patients to share invisible symptoms, mental health issues, and other complex health problems with their families and providers. She also talks about success stories that patients have had using the platform.

Katie is a designer, autoimmune patient, and founder of Pictal Health. She created a new way for patients with complex health issues to tell their stories visually – so they feel heard and understood as they work with their doctors to get the right diagnosis and treatment. Prior to founding Pictal Health, Katie designed products and services for diverse healthcare companies and organizations. She lives, skis, hikes, and eats chocolate in Burlington, VT.

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