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Locum Tenens Provider Spotlight: Success in Medicine Against All Odds

In her work with Consilium, Denise Willis currently sees patients at a correctional facility in Virginia. Throughout her career, she also has provided care in settings that include rural health, family medicine, urgent care, occupational medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics, behavioral health, and pharmacy.

If you were to enumerate the challenges on the path to becoming a pharmacist, academic lecturer, and physician assistant, chances are that list would not include half the obstacles faced by Denise Willis, Consilium physician assistant and poster child for persistence and determination.

“I never thought I would make it this far, to be quite honest,” Willis said. “I always wanted to succeed, and I was willing to do whatever that required, but there were many times it seemed impossible despite my dedication. Sometimes I still can’t believe I made it through.”

Willis, who was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said she had been captivated by the study of medicine from the time she was a young girl. Some of her earliest memories consist of walking down to the corner drugstore with her father, where a pharmacist everyone called “Doc” would let her come behind the counter and try pronouncing the names of the medications in stock.

“As a child, I read everything I could get my hands on,” Willis said. “My mother used to laugh at me for it, because it didn’t matter if it was the back of a bottle of detergent—I was going to read it. Afterward, I would write down the names of the ingredients and try to figure out what each one was and what it did.”

Though the earliest years of her childhood were marked by some degree of normalcy, that had changed in a big way by the time she turned 7. Her parents split up and her mother fell very ill, leaving a very young Willis with the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings. When she was 12 years old, her mother succumbed to her drawn-out illness—which turned out to be cancer—and Willis was placed in the foster care system.

“It was difficult, and I do think my childhood experiences have a lot to do with my chosen career path,” Willis said. “I had that innate curiosity and passion for medicine, yes, but I also saw up close what it means to have—or not have—adequate medical care. My youngest brother had a lot of health problems too, and those sorts of experiences just stick with you for the rest of your life.”

Despite her circumstances, Willis—determined to succeed—excelled in school. She completed college and then attended the Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, where she was able to follow in the footsteps of “Doc,” who had first sparked her interest in pharmacy all those years ago. Bringing full circle those formative walks down to Doc’s clinic, as a young adult Willis also reconnected with her father, who revealed that Willis had a number of relatives whom she had neither met nor heard of as a child. Willis and her husband—who were already considering a move further south—met the long-lost Virginia branch of her family and soon decided that was exactly where they wanted to be for the foreseeable future.

“It’s crazy thinking about it now, but I truly didn’t have a reliable support system until I got married to my husband,” Willis said. “Having my father back in my life has made such a difference, and it has been just wonderful to suddenly have family by my side.”

Willis moved to Virginia in 1989, and since then has worked as a pharmacist, pharmacy supervisor, in-house department educator, preceptor for pharmacy and pharmacy tech students, and as a lecturer at the junior college and university levels.

“I even had my own pharmacy for a while back in the ‘90s, which had always been a dream of mine,” Willis said. “It only lasted a few years—up until a chain pharmacy opened right across from us—but I am proud that I was able to achieve that goal even if it wasn’t in the cards long-term.”

By the late ‘90s, Willis had decided that she was just not passionate about pharmacy the way she had been before—she wanted the opportunity to better connect with patients and have a direct hand in their care. To best achieve her ideal patient-provider relationship, she set her sights on becoming a physician assistant. She enrolled in the Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a program that aligned with her belief in providing inclusive, patient-centered care and fostering strong clinical and community partnerships.

When asked about her most memorable moment as a PA, Willis said there is one patient in particular who she could never forget. He was working as a custodian, and upon their meeting it was visibly clear to her that something was very, very wrong.

“This gentleman had severe, severe jaundice, and it was obvious even with his dark complexion,” Willis said. “His eyes, lips, fingertips, overall hue…all of it was just ‘off.’ I asked him to please, please see a doctor as soon as possible.”

Instead, the man came to see Willis, who he trusted would help him get the care he needed. He said he had seen a physician several months prior who—despite clear lab results—had not provided any answers or assistance. The patient’s gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)—a chemical that might normally be around 60 units per liter (U/L)—was measured at more than 2,000 U/L. Lo and behold, further testing soon determined that the man had cancer.

“I could not believe that it took so long for him to receive treatment,” Willis said. “But because he agreed to come in, he lived much longer than he would have otherwise. I actually discovered that one day several years later when he recognized me at a local grocery store and ran up to thank me. He looked just wonderful, and I’ll never forget the stark difference compared to the first time I saw him.”

Given her vast experience in an array of clinical settings, Willis had been familiar with locum tenens for a number of years, even working an agency assignment as a pharmacist at a Minnesota Indian Health Services facility. Despite positive prior experiences in temporary pharmacy assignments, she was initially wary of taking on locum tenens assignments as a physician assistant.

“If I had to give one piece of advice to other providers who are on the fence about doing locums, I would say to just try it,” Willis said. “It’s not a permanent move if you don’t want it to be, so why not? I hesitated at first because I didn’t know what the experience would be like as a PA—I wish I had made this leap much earlier.”

Despite her lifelong love for learning (and resulting tendency to eagerly take on new opportunities), Willis says she is at a point in her life where she would like to “slow down a little bit,” which is part of why she appreciates the ability to set her own schedule. Willis has partnered with Consilium since 2014, and she specifies flexibility and her working relationship with Landon Webb, her account manager, as reasons she plans to stay with Consilium long-term.

“I stay with Consilium not only because I believe in the company mission, but also because I have truly been enriched by my interactions with everyone I have spoken to,” Willis said. “I know I can always call Landon with anything I might need (even after-hours!), and that’s a huge comfort. It’s just easy with Consilium, and I will never forget the care they showed me after my accident this year.”

In June of 2017, just before starting another assignment with Consilium, Willis had been in a car wreck that resulted in a severe concussion and left her unable to work for nearly two months. She cites the care shown by Consilium team members as a source of support during a very difficult time, serving as further confirmation that she is exactly where she was meant to be.

“They never pressured me to come back before I was ready, and I knew that their concern was for me as a person, not just as a provider,” Willis said. “They worried about me, they called to check on me, and they prayed for me. All of that really meant something to me. When I was ready to work, I called Landon and told him it was time to give it a try, and we jumped right back in where we had left off. My work begins with patient care, and I truly believe that at Consilium, they start with care for their providers. I plan to stay with Consilium for a long, long time.”

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Health Tips for Male Physicians From Fellow Doctors

Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed in this blog are based on the expert opinions of the quoted medical professionals. Post content does not constitute medical advice and is not a reflection of the official stance of Consilium Staffing.

Despite their vast medical knowledge and everyday immersion in the healthcare field, physicians are not immune from facing the same health struggles they help their patients navigate. In fact, as their schedules becoming increasingly hectic, physicians may actually be at higher risk for hypertension, burnout, and slipping into a sedentary lifestyle, all of which can be linked to poorer physical and psychological health. For Men’s Health Week, we spoke with two family practice physicians for tips on how fellow male physicians can counteract those risk factors and maintain peak physical and psychological health.

  • Sahba Ferdowsi currently practices medicine at a men’s health clinic, where he guides patients through health challenges specific to adult men.
  • Steve Papariello, medical director for the Men’s Wellness Centers located in Florida and Virginia, operated his own practice for more than 25 years.

Make Your Well-Being a Priority (And Don’t Apologize For It)

“You have to truly, truly prioritize self-care,” said Papariello. “If you aren’t taking care of yourself, it’s a lot harder to provide the best possible care for your patients and to be your best self for your family.”

Many physicians are unsatisfied with their current work schedules, which frequently leave little room for vacations, time with family and friends, or the pursuit of outside interests. That combination can quickly lead to burnout, one of the many factors that lead physicians to make the switch to working locum tenens, which offers the flexibility to prioritize your emotional health while maintaining your medical career.

“If you want to maintain longevity working in medicine, you absolutely have to figure out how to create a realistic work-life balance,” Ferdowsi said. “You have to leave work at work, period, and you have to decide how much you can work and still feel ‘full’ emotionally. I have found that mindful meditation is incredibly helpful in bridging that gap in my own life. I certainly recommend that physicians begin practicing mindfulness as part of their self-care routine.”

Take Charge of Your Own Health by Going ‘Back to the Basics’

If you ask most physicians about the health advice they give their patients, two dominant themes emerge: diet and exercise. But in their personal life? Studies have indicated that as physicians work increasingly long hours, physical activity is erased from their daily routine. [2] Additionally, physicians experiencing burnout are more likely to describe themselves as overweight or obese than are physicians who do not report burnout symptoms. [1, 3]

“It’s something we all already know, but the most important thing you can do to improve your health is to simply return to the big two: diet and exercise,” said Ferdowsi. “Watch your overall calorie consumption, eat more fruits and vegetables, and get up and exercise—even if it’s just going for walks.”

Papariello agrees, and adds the recommendation that busy physicians exercise first thing in the morning. “I get up at 4:30 in the morning to go biking,” he said. “Otherwise, I know it wouldn’t happen. Previously, I worked upwards of 12 hours per day, seven days a week. By the time I got finished for the day, there was just no way I was dragging myself to go work out. But when I bike in the morning, I actually get to enjoy it again.”

Enlist a Support Team

As a physician, you frequently make decisions that affect your patients, your practice, and everyone on your healthcare team. But who helps you take an objective look at your own health and well-being?

Ferdowsi highlighted the importance of relying on a solid relationship with another healthcare provider: your own physician. “Make sure you have a good primary care physician, adhere to the age-based recommended schedule for testing, and if you feel like something might be wrong, don’t put off going to see your doctor. We don’t talk about this nearly enough, but as you age, you become increasingly at risk for developing symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. See your physician if you notice elevated fatigue, decreases in muscle mass, and a loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy.”

In addition to your primary care provider, Papariello adds that family members can be invaluable in helping physicians check in on whether their current arrangement is meeting their needs.

“When I worked such long hours, I was unhappy with my schedule but was too exhausted to do much to change that,” said Papariello. “My move to working as a medical director was actually due to my wife. I came home late one Monday and learned that after seeing an ad for a job that looked like a good fit, she had set me up for an interview the next day. I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t looked back since. Now I certainly don’t advocate that everyone go become a medical director, but I would suggest that you keep an open line of communication with those who know you best.”

Daily Health Tips for Busy Physicians

Health and fitness advice can often be nuanced and complicated. Drs. Ferdowsi and Papariello recommend keeping it simple and adding a few of these behaviors to your daily routine for a measureable improvement in your overall health:

Considering a change in your practice schedule or setting? Search our open locum tenens job opportunities and build your career around your ideal work-life balance.

Sources

  1. Helfand BK, Mukamal KJ. Healthcare and lifestyle practices of healthcare workers: do healthcare workers practice what they preach? JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173:242-244.
  2. Liang, J. J. (2014). Diet and Exercise During Cardiology Fellowship Training. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 64(16), 1755-1757. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.08.026
  3. Medscape, Physician Lifestyle Report 2015.

Ask a Hospitalist: What Should You Know Before Working Locum Tenens?

If you haven’t worked locum tenens yet, you probably have a lot of questions. What are some of the pros and cons? How might locums work impact your personal and professional life? Is locum tenens the best fit for your current goals?

Three of Consilium’s partnering hospitalists provide insight from their own experience with locum tenens:

  • Dr. Backer—a pharmacist-turned-hospitalist who has experience in emergency medicine, outpatient community health settings, and inpatient internal medicine
  • Dr. H.—a hospitalist, military veteran, and chemistry aficionado with vast experience in traditional internal medicine and varied hospitalist settings
  • Dr. Saad—a hospitalist with experience in urgent care clinics, intensive care units, and inpatient and outpatient internal medicine

How has working locum tenens with Consilium impacted your life?

First, locums has given me the options and flexibility that I needed. Secondly, I really feel like Consilium considers me to be a part of their team, and they provide me with consistency. I appreciate that when my recruiter or account manager give me a call, they make sure to reiterate that they value my work. They give me this feeling of, “Dr. Backer, we consider you to be one of us.” —Dr. Backer

While I was working traditional internal medicine prior to becoming a hospitalist, I ended up going between three different hospitals—it was just too much. Locum tenens has allowed me to achieve my desired compensation while working in hospital settings that I enjoy and am comfortable with. —Dr. H.

Definitely for the better. I came to locums after being underpaid and very much overworked, sometimes putting in 16 or 18 hours of work per day. Quality of life at that point in my life was almost zero. At some point, I thought that maybe this was just what life as an internal medicine physician was like—I even considered leaving medicine completely. Locum tenens has provided me with exposure to different hospital settings and allowed me to do exactly the kind of work I love most while also rewarding me for that hard work. –Dr. Saad

What are some of the best parts of working locum tenens?

I tell you what, the best part for me is getting to travel! After that, I would say that one of the most rewarding parts is the challenge of going to a new facility and navigating that terrain. It’s really a rush to go into a new territory, figure out what’s going on, and become a legitimate, trusted part of that team. –Dr. Backer

Personally, I have very specific financial goals. Locum tenens allows me freedom and flexibility while also providing me with an avenue to meet those goals. Locum work is also a really great way to keep your skills up and prevent gaps on your medical resume, which is important if you plan on applying for a permanent hospitalist position at some point. –Dr. H.

Before working locums, I worked at a hospital in addition to an urgent care clinic after my hospital shifts were complete. My pay during that time was less than what I made while working way less as a locum. Now, when I finish my shift, I’m done. I can go home and rest without having to worry about after-hours pages, and if I want to take a vacation with my family, I have the freedom to do that.—Dr. Saad

What should I know before working locums?

It takes a certain mentality to work locum tenens. In reality, your job exists at every single hospital in the United States, but to thrive as a locum you have to be bold enough to believe that you can fit in and provide excellent care anywhere.—Dr. Backer

Depending on where you live, it might be difficult to find a locum position close to you. If you want to travel the country a bit that’s probably great for you, but after I had a family, that made less distant positions a more desirable choice for me. It all depends on what you are looking for. –Dr. Saad

As I mentioned before, locum positions can help prevent gaps on your resume and help you maintain your procedural skills. Just be aware that when you do apply for a permanent position somewhere, the hospital hiring process will require that they follow up with every facility you worked with previously.

That isn’t a problem per se, but it does create a little extra leg-work for the hospital. So if you do plan on taking a permanent position, I would recommend that at the very beginning of your career, you either choose primarily long-term locum assignments or consider signing a hospital contract after a few years and work those shorter locum assignments as a supplement for a while.—Dr. H.

Advice you would give to prospective locum tenens providers:

Be very direct about what you are comfortable with as far as your desired location, facility setting, and compensation. Your account manager cannot find you the best fit if he or she does not know what you are looking for. Secondly, go into any position with the mindset that you are part of the team and you are going to do your absolute best work. If you go in with this mentality that you are ‘just a locum,’ or just covering that shift for a paycheck, you are setting yourself up for failure. –Dr. Backer

Ask your account manager for as many details on the facility and assignment as possible, and then get absolutely everything in writing. That protects you and helps you schedule your work appropriately. For instance, if I know that a facility really only needs me for 8 weeks and probably will not extend the contract, I want to be able to plan for my next assignment. –Dr. H.

If you anticipate needing verifiable income (such as for buying a house) within the next year or so, talk to your recruiter about more long-term locums contracts. Ask if your locum company can include in your contract—or even a separate statement if necessary— the number of shifts you will be working per month as well as the anticipated equivalent minimum annual salary. That way, you will have something concrete when you seek financing for a new home or a potential business venture. –Dr. Saad

Want more details on our panelists’ experiences with locum tenens? Read more about Dr. Backer in Locum Tenens Provider Spotlight: Hospital Medicine is Both a Science and An Art.

Interesting in working with Consilium? Search locum tenens opportunities for hospitalists

Provider Spotlight: Consilium Through the Eyes of a Well-Traveled Locum Tenens Physician

Locum Tenens Provider Spotlight: Dr. Sima Assefi

Locum Tenens Dr. Assefi and Landon Webb
Dr. Sima Assefi & Landon Webb

On December 29, Consilium had the honor of hosting Dr. Sima Assefi, one of our partnering locum tenens physicians, for a talk about her experiences as a locum provider. Immediately following the presentation, Consilium partner and regional vice-president Landon Webb presented Dr. Assefi with Consilium’s first ever Distinguished Service Award. During her time with Consilium, Dr. Assefi has worked more than 4,000 hours at 22 urgent care centers and has treated more than 12,000 patients from rural areas. Completely aside from the life-changing work she does on a daily basis, Dr. Assefi has an inspiring personal story all on her own.

Though born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Assefi attended secondary school in Kent, England, following political unrest—and eventual war—that necessitated she and her sister flee their home country. After completing secondary school, Dr. Assefi moved to the United States and earned her undergraduate degree in natural sciences from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. While in college, Dr. Assefi worked in bakeries, as a third-shift dispatcher at a taxi company, and later as a waitress and bartender to pay her way through school and help support her younger brother, who was still studying in the U.K. Upon her brother’s graduation, Dr. Assefi was then—at the age of 33— able to enroll in Eugenio Maria de Hostos Medical School in the Dominican Republic.

After completing her residency in family medicine and an extra year of OB/GYN training in the United States, Dr. Assefi took a permanent job in family medicine. She had been contacted by Landon about an urgent care position, but felt at the time that she did not have the necessary urgent care experience to take on that role. Unfortunately, soon after starting her permanent contract, Dr. Assefi was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave the new position while she underwent treatment. Following successful treatment, Dr. Assefi found that her previous role had been filled and instead took a permanent urgent care position at the insistence of the clinic’s medical director, who assured her that she was more than qualified for the position.

To add another twist in the road, that facility made the decision to close due to insufficient profits and Dr. Assefi was faced with yet another career change. Fortuitously, in early 2014 Landon again called Dr. Assefi at what she says was exactly the right time. This time, after beefing up her experience in urgent care, she was eager to accept Consilium’s offer.

Q: Why do you choose to work locum tenens?

A: Locum tenens allows me to practice medicine as I deem best. There is so much red tape in permanent positions, a whole lot of “Do’s and Don’ts” that do not always result in best possible care for each patient. Locums work provides me with more freedom to use my best medical judgement when working with patients. To me, everybody’s story is different, and a patient’s story influences the best method of treatment. I refuse to view patients as just “cases” that can all be treated with a one-size-fits-all approach.

Working as a locum can be lonely at times because you are always the new person and have not yet built rapport with the permanent staff. This is part of why it is so important to have an account manager who truly cares about you as a person, so that you always have someone to call if you need help or just a listening ear. One upside to coming into a new position as an “outsider,” however, is that you do not have to deal with any of the internal gossip that happens in the facility—it never involves you!

Q: Out of all the job offers you undoubtedly receive, why have you continued to choose Consilium time after time?

A: It’s really about the people. For me, it is the relationship I have built over time with Landon, my account manager. I love the fact that I have personal contact with ONE person who I can call or text while I am away from home and can get a response to any questions or concerns—or even just to vent if I need to. Landon works with me throughout each step on all of my assignments rather than me having to call or email several different people for issues with scheduling, vacation time, paychecks, or anything else that may come up. Landon has been my friend—and really like family—throughout my dealing with winding roads, unfamiliar surroundings, hectic shifts, and anything else life threw at me along the way.

I also believe Consilium chooses good places to send their locums providers. I like the facilities where Consilium has placed me—each clinic has taken good care of its doctors. Physicians get a lot of calls about locum tenens jobs, and we can tell the difference between salespeople who are only calling because they have to and those who genuinely care about our mission and about us as people. I genuinely believe that Consilium has our best interests at heart.

Q: How has working locum tenens with Consilium impacted your life?

A: Because of the greater flexibility in scheduling, I have been able to achieve my vision of the ideal work-life balance: I work hard, but I get to play hard too. For example, I can schedule six shifts all in one week instead of spreading them out over two weeks, which leaves time to attend CME (continuing medical education) conferences and travel the country a bit while I am at it. The flexibility also allows me to take vacations and see my family overseas, which generally is not possible with a permanent contract. After not being able to see my family for seven years during the war, this is incredibly meaningful to me.

I work very hard, but as a locums physician I have simultaneously been able to live. Through Consilium, I am able to continue the work about which I am passionate yet also live and love my life. Furthermore, if something is ever not working for me, I always have the option of change.

 

Interested in putting your medical expertise to work with Consilium, or in finding locum tenens providers to cover shifts at your facility? Give us a call at 877-536-4696.

The EMR Mandate

In just a few weeks lies the deadline for all U.S. healthcare providers to comply with the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) federal guidelines, or they will begin paying stiff penalties.  This requirement originated out of concern over how best to protect the private information of patients and was included in the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act of 2009.

While on the surface the mandate may sound long overdue, private practices especially, are feeling left out in the cold this winter by a government requirement that will enforce monetary consequences for non-compliance and which seems to have little understanding of the burden it is actually imposing on healthcare’s small business community.

Take for example the story of a private practice in Anchorage, Alaska, solely owned by an ophthalmologist nearing retirement. His story was recently shared via NPR. According to the provider, small practices such as his own do not have the resources to make such a transition.  It makes no sense for his business he argues. Why should he take on such a daunting task, scanning decades of his patient’s hard copy files into an EMR system and transferring to ICD 10 codes, when he’s planning to retire within five years and is being given inadequate assistance from the government to do so?

The same government, by the way, that will begin withholding 1% of his Medicare payments as a penalty if he does not comply by January. And that is only the beginning of withholdings which will increase the longer he remains non-compliant.

Either way he loses money. In his case, I don’t blame him for his frustration. He’s not part of a large medical system or healthcare network of hospitals managed by a national team of executives and operations teams that have the resources to do the job.

At age 71, he may now retire before he previously planned. Remember the physician shortage is being felt in rural areas more than any, but yet they’re expected to meet the overwhelming challenges of the new EMR mandate now, or face federal penalties along with the scarcity of providers for their populations who desperately need adequate care. In the state of Alaska for instance, where NPR’s story originated, 50% of doctors are over age 50 and facing the retirement decision themselves.

One can only hope that as healthcare is made available to more Americans and providers are brought up to the speed on the technology to protect the rights of patients, that the coming years will also bring legislation to remedy the side effects of the Affordable Care Act in return.

Mike Gianas is the Director of Communications with Consilium Staffing

Consilium Staffing Welcomes Sami Alford as Director of Account Management for Government Services – Locum Tenens

October 30, 2014 – Consilium Staffing, Your Partner in Locum Tenens, has
announced that Sami Alford has joined the Irving, Texas-based healthcare staffing firm. Alford recently accepted a role in Government Services as Director of Account Management.

“I am very excited to finally have the opportunity to work at Consilium Staffing,” said Alford. “As a veteran’s wife I am thrilled to be able to assist our veterans and active military in any way that I can.”

Alford brings to Consilium more than 12 years of experience in healthcare staffing, including executive leadership positions and expertise within behavioral health, urgent care, hospitalist, and advanced practice specialties.

“I have known Sami for more than a decade and I am thrilled to have her join the Consilium family,” said Consilium Staffing Executive Vice President Matt Baade. “With her natural leadership ability, tremendous work ethic and unmatched passion for her work, Sami is the perfect person to help grow our Government Services Division.”

Consilium Staffing’s Government Services team works with other businesses across the country to deliver temporary contracted physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to U.S. government and military-run medical facilities, regardless of length of assignment.

About Consilium Staffing
Consilium Staffing is a locum tenens company offering temporary healthcare providers to medical facilities nationwide. For more information on Consilium Staffing please visit Consilium Staffing’s website.

Mike Gianas is the Director of Communications with Consilium Staffing

Carter BloodCare Receives Enough Donations to Help Save 81 Lives from Consilium Staffing’s Consilium Cares Blood Drive

Irving, Texas, October 22, 2014 – Consilium Staffing, Your Partner in Locum Tenens, recently held a blood drive for Carter BloodCare, yielding enough blood to help save 81 lives.

“The blood supply belongs to the community. Carter BloodCare is the steward of the gifts we collect from volunteer donors,” said Michelle Johnson, Vice President for Corporate and Community Resources. “We also appreciate that the company recognizes blood donation as an act of service to one’s community.”

This is the second time that Consilium Staffing has partnered with Carter BloodCare for its employees to donate blood through the firm’s Consilium Cares initiative.

“I’m very proud that such a large number of our employees donated to this cause,” said Matt Baade, Executive Vice President of Consilium Staffing. “We know Carter BloodCare is the supplier for many of our local hospitals and clinics, and that provides us the opportunity to give back to the community which we serve.”

Carter BloodCare needs to see 1100 donors a day to maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply for North, Central and East Texas. At any time, only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, with less than four percent actually giving.

About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that operates on behalf of patients in 50-plus Texas counties. With volunteer blood donors, Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood and transfusion services to more than 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities in North, Central and East Texas. The blood center is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB and is a member of America’s Blood Centers. Visit our website to locate a blood drive or donor center near you.

About Consilium Staffing
Consilium Staffing is a locum tenens company offering temporary healthcare providers to medical facilities nationwide. For more information on Consilium Staffing please visit Consilium Staffing’s website.

About Consilium Cares
Consilium Cares is the dedicated philanthropic initiative of Consilium Staffing, providing an opportunity for employees to serve others and give back to the community in which they live. For more information on Consilium Cares, including media inquiries and to inquire about how Consilium Staffing might support the efforts of your charitable organization, please contact Mike Gianas, Director of Communications, listed below.

Mike Gianas is the Director of Communications with Consilium Staffing

Cynthia Hageny Joins Consilium Staffing as Director of Corporate Recruiting – Locum Tenens

September 12, 2014 – Irving, Texas – Consilium Staffing, Your Partner in Locum Tenens, has announced that Cynthia Hageny has joined the Irving, Texas-based firm. Hageny recently accepted a role as the company’s Director of Corporate Recruiting.

“We are fortunate to have someone of such caliber join our organization. Cynthia brings invaluable prior experience, and will be instrumental in hiring and developing top talent,” says Matt Baade, Executive Vice President of Consilium Staffing.

Hageny brings more than a decade of experience in the healthcare staffing industry, including previously serving in a senior leadership role for corporate recruiting. Most recently she was a partner at a healthcare industry company where she was responsible for recruitment and business development.

“An elevated standard of working environment has been created at Consilium and it is my key focus to educate the employment market about the unparalleled career opportunities that await them here,” says Hageny.

The addition of Hageny to Consilium Staffing’s leadership team coincides with the company’s overall growth in 2014, a year which has brought increasing revenue, office space expansion, management promotions and other notable new hires to the organization.

About Consilium Staffing
Consilium Staffing is a locum tenens company offering temporary healthcare providers to medical facilities nationwide. For more information on Consilium Staffing, please visit Consilium Staffing’s website.

 

Locums and Healthcare

No matter what kind, or how you cook them, I will never be a fan of vegetables. However, this does not mean that I haven’t realized it would be in my best interest to eat them anyway. Shown to prevent illness, and considered to be the most health-promoting food group on the planet, I have forced myself to deal with the unpleasant tastes and textures of vegetables in order to do what’s best for my health in the long run. Would America be better off if we stopped eating vegetables? No. We don’t eat enough vegetables now.

The healthcare industry needs its vegetables. It needs Locum Tenens.

Our healthcare scene is changing rapidly. No matter your political preference or current health status, this is something we can all agree on. The healthcare process that your parents or grandparents grew up with is already completely different than what we experience now, and it will be completely different than what our kids and grandkids will experience in the generations to come. There are too many ‘X’ factors within our current healthcare model that keep us from accurately predicting exactly what our future system will look like. Modest changes to things like billing reimbursement, insurance coverage plans, and the funding of Medicare and Medicaid, could all make drastic waves in the healthcare pool further down the line, or sooner than we expect.

There are very few constants in healthcare, but one we can always count on is the growing shortage of available physicians; a problem that will only get worse once roughly 40 million new patients are added to the equation under the government’s new Affordable Care Act.  Supply simply isn’t able to keep up with demand, and considering that it takes 7+ years to develop a well-trained physician, it might seem like finding an immediate solution is unrealistic. Right now, Locum Tenens coverage is the only chance we have to reduce this shortage. Providing the ability to immediately place quality physicians into areas where coverage is scarce makes Locum Tenens a very viable option for all medical-based facilities. Hospitals, clinics, community health centers, and correctional facilities alike can all benefit from using a Locum Tenens provider to alleviate their gaps in coverage, and allow them time to plan and implement a quality solution for the long term.

The go-to reason – or excuse – for avoiding locum tenens coverage is the premium cost of bringing in a short-term provider. Facilities and clinics will place Locum Tenens on the back burner while they continue to search for a more cost-effective solution. The reality, however, is the opportunity costs that are lost by not providing immediate coverage far outweigh the costs to bring in a temporary provider, so the damage that you’re trying to avoid is actually happening in real time. The longer you wait to implement a plan, the more damage your clinics and patients suffer. Patients will go elsewhere, and that’s revenue that cannot be recovered. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would benefit all parties to bring in a Locum Tenens provider? Patients are treated, revenue streams stay constant, and providers are able to earn additional income to help alleviate the burdens of medical school loans. That’s a win-win-win situation, if you ask me.

Let’s look at this another way: if the pipes in your bathroom were to burst, pushing a constant stream of water onto the floor and causing damage by the minute, would you sit by idly and wait for the plumber to arrive? What if he can’t make it for a few days? Do you simply allow water to run rampant all over your house until then? Of course not.  Instead, you will look for a quick fix until a professional can arrive to provide a permanent solution.  Why should healthcare be looked at any differently? That water all over your floor is lost revenue from patients going to another clinic to be treated, and it’s difficult to gain that patient back once they’ve left. Locum Tenens places a band-aid over that break in the pipes, allowing you time to find the most qualified provider for your clinics while still allowing the facilities to continue operating effectively.

So instead of watching the healthcare industry panic over the looming concerns ahead, let’s work together to provide immediate relief and allow more time to look for a long term solution.

Eat your vegetables, America.

Written by Landon Webb, Director of Account Management  for Consilium Staffing.