In this episode of the MGMA Insights podcast, we’re joined by Peter Valenzuela, Chief Medical Officer for Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods and creator behind Doc-Related, a comic strip providing satirical perspective on the challenges of practicing medicine in today’s healthcare environment. Valenzuela’s home campus was recently evacuated due to Northern California’s latest encounter with devastating wildfires.
Don’t quite have time to listen to the entire episode? No worries. We’ve compiled a few highlights from Valenzuela’s interview for your convenience:
- (11:30) “When I first came in, I kind of spent the first 90 days doing an assessment. … I sat in the waiting room, I walked through the back, I talked to the staff and looked at what was on the walls and what they had to kind of get a feel for what they were like.”
- (24:00) “I learned so much about the business side of healthcare. It lit a spark in me, because I kept thinking other physicians should learn this and if they don’t, maybe I can help them in some way.”
- (33:00) “They’ll email me or send me a message saying, ‘Man, you’re speaking my language’ or ‘I feel like you were just in my clinic last week, because that’s exactly what happened to me.’ So, it’s been really kind of an inspiring thing for me to do, to make myself better but also help other people understand that they’re not alone.”
- (38:45) “I think that a lot of physicians, a lot of administrators, they have an end goal of ‘once I go through college and once I go through business school or get my masters, this is the position I’m going to be and that’s kind of the end game for me.’ For me, it’s really a matter of how do you keep getting better and what can you do to make yourself better?”
Here are some links and references related to this week’s show:
- Tragedy at home takes precedence for 2017 Harwick Award winner
- Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa evacuates amid threat from Kincade fire
- Sutter Santa Rosa Staff Help Save Hospital During 2017 Northern California Wildfires (VIDEO)
- How Sutter Health, MD Anderson and a stand-alone clinic survived natural disasters
- Wildfires stressed wine country’s healthcare system, creating a crisis and a warning for future
- Disaster planning crucial for medical practices in path of destruction
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