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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Patients Come First - Rick Pollack

In celebration of National Hospital Week 2018 (May 6-12), this episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with American Hospital Association President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack shares insights about the origins of Hospital Week, emerging trends in health care, policy challenges, opportunities to improve how hospitals serve patients, and his own...

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Patients Come First Podcast - Wes Blankenship

This pint-sized episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Wes Blankenship, a regional medical liaison for a major pharmaceutical company. Blankenship shares some insights on the sustainability of health care organizations as a preview to his keynote remarks at the VHHA Annual Conference (April 25-27, 2018) in Williamsburg, VA. Register for...

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Patients Come First Podcast - Matt Thornhill

This pint sized episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with futurist Matt Thornhill of the Institute for Tomorrow. Thornhill shares insights about the health care work force of the future as a preview to his keynote remarks at the VHHA Annual Conference (April 25-27, 2018) in Williamsburg, VA. Register for the...

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Patients Come First Podcast - 83 Percent of Virginians Support Increased Health Care Access

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast highlights positive news coverage from far and wide of a statewide poll showing that 83 percent of Virginia voters support increased health care access for low-income, uninsured Virginians. The poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a well-known and respected Republican research firm, reveals that support for health...

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Patients Come First Podcast - Dr. Stephanie Stephens

This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Dr. Stephanie Stephens, a palliative care physician with VCU Health and the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. Dr. Stephens shares insights about the importance of palliative care in providing comfort to patients, including those facing terminal diagnosis, and highlights some of the innovative approaches...

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Patients Come First Podcast - Dr. Hassan Tabandeh

The ninth episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Dr. Hassan Tabandeh, a cardiologist with Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. Dr. Tabandeh shares insights about the importance of heart health, important factors that can help keep patients healthy, and shares how a family episode from his own past focused his attention...

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