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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Patients Come First Podcast - Jonathan Bartels

The eighth episode of the Patients Come First Podcast features an interview with Jonathan Bartels, a palliative care liaison nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center, about his development of the "power of the pause" technique whereby clinical workers in an emergency department collectively take a moment to pause and reflect on the passing...

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Patients Come First Podcast - Allison Jackson

The seventh episode of the Patients Come First Podcast features an interview with Allison Jackson, PhD, a licensed clinical social worker and the CEO of Integration Solutions Inc., about her work with the Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation (VHREF) to present a learning series about trauma-informed care practices in health care settings to assist...

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Patients Come First Podcast - Rita Wade

The sixth episode of the Patients Come First Podcast features an interview with Rita Wade, RN, the orthopedic patient navigator at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, about her work helping patients in physical rehabilitation and Sentara's car transfer simulator. Send questions, comments, or feedback to pcfpodcast@vhha.com or contact us on Twitter @VirginiaHHA using the hashtag...

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