Patients Come First - Frank and Mary Ringquist

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Frank "Dr. C. Nile" Ringquist and Mary "Nurse Sunflower" Ringquist, a clown couple who volunteer at Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital to help bring smiles and laughter to patients and staff alike. Our clown guests tell us about what it takes to...

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Patients Come First - Dr. Daniel Carey

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Dr. Daniel Carey, MD. During the conversation, Dr. Carey discusses his military background, his medical career, the work he is doing as Health Secretary to get more adults enrolled in new health care coverage in Virginia, and...

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Patients Come First - Alan Hardwick

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Alan Hardwick, a National Business Development Executive with Cordant Health Solutions (cordantsolutions.com). Hardwick discusses his career, the innovative laboratory service and pharmacy solutions work done by Cordant and how it helps health care providers combat the opioid epidemic, and how that work is...

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Patients Come First - Lorraine Roblin, RN

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Lorraine Roblin, RN, a recently retired nurse from Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. Nurse Roblin shares stories from her 29 years in the ICU and discusses her selection as the 2018 recipient of the Chesapeake Regional Healthcare Nurse Exemplar Award. Send questions, comments, or feedback...

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Patients Come First - Dr. S. Hughes Melton

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Dr. S. Hughes Melton, MD, the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Dr. Melton discusses his background in health care and addiction treatment, the work DBHDS is doing to help enhance treatment services to meet patients' mental...

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Patients Come First - Delegate Chris Stolle

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with state Delegate Chris Stolle, MD, who represents the 83rd District (portions of Virginia Beach and Norfolk) in the Virginia House of Delegates. In this episode, Delegate Stolle, an ob/gyn, discusses his early career aboard a submarine during his Navy service, his politically-active family,...

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Patients Come First - Dr. M. Norman Oliver

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver about his focus on population health, a mid-career decision to attend medical school in his 40s, his work treating Native people in a small Alaskan village, his role with the Commonwealth, and much more. Send...

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Patients Come First - David Vaamonde

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with VHHA Vice President of Data and Analytics David Vaamonde, who discusses his passion for leveraging big data and data visualization to derive insights that can help support hospitals and health systems in their efforts to improve operational performance. Send questions, comments, or feedback...

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Patients Come First - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

This special episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Gov. Northam discusses how his background in health care informs the way he governs, his work in Germany during Operation Desert Storm, and some insight into his first few months as Governor. Send questions, comments, or feedback to...

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