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Physician of the year: Radiology

Posted on Tue, Apr 14, 2015
Physician of the year: Radiology

2015 READ Award Presented to Texas Health Huguley Radiologist
EmCare Honors Dr. Scott Butler with National Recognition

ORLANDO, FLA. (April 7, 2015) – The medical director for radiology at Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Burleson, Texas, Scott Butler, M.D., has been honored with the prestigious READ Award for 2015. The award is presented by EmCare, a leading national provider of physician practice management services, and honors a single surgeon for the award each year. “READ” stands for “Radiology Excellence and Dedication.”

“It’s quite an honor and I’m very humbled,” said Dr. Butler of receiving the award. “I’m so grateful to the staff at Huguley and the leadership of EmCare for allowing me to do what I do.”

“Dr. Butler’s skills as a radiologist, as a leader and as a communicator are excellent,” said Greg Rose, M.D., CEO of EmCare Radiology Services. “He’s known for always being calm and cool under pressure, for great quality reads and for building a lot of trust in the radiology staff.”

Dr. Butler earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and completed his residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Dr. Butler was honored with the READ Award during EmCare’s annual Leadership Conference. The 2015 convention was held at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. While the READ Award recognizes a single surgeon from across the United States, EmCare also annually honors individuals from emergency medicine, hospital medicine and anesthesiology as its Physicians of the Year.


RSNA: Many Children Exposed to Unnecessary Chest X-Rays

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2014
RSNA: Many Children Exposed to Unnecessary Chest X-Rays

Limiting radiation, costs should be objectives, researcher says

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many American children receive unnecessary chest X-rays, according to research findings scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 in Chicago.

Researchers examined the reasoning behind 637 chest X-rays given to patients ranging in age from newborns to 17 years at the Mayo Clinic between 2008 and 2014. Of those X-rays, 88 percent did not influence treatment, the investigators found.

X-rays were conducted on children with issues such as chest pain, fainting, dizziness, postural orthostatic hypotension, cyclical vomiting, and a general feeling of being unwell or under distress (spells). Thirty-nine of the X-rays for chest pain were positive for pneumonia, bronchial inflammation, trauma, or other conditions. But chest X-rays had no effect on treatment for any of the children with fainting, postural orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, spells, or cyclical vomiting.

"Chest X-rays can be a valuable exam when ordered for the correct indications. However, there are several indications where pediatric chest X-rays offer no benefit and likely should not be performed to decrease radiation dose and cost," study author Ann Packard, M.D., a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in an RSNA news release. Packard noted that limiting radiation exposure and costs are important objectives in health care. "This study addresses both of these issues, which is important not only for physicians but also for young patients and their parents," she said. "I would like this research to help guide clinicians and deter them from ordering unnecessary exams which offer no clinical benefit to the patient."

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Look for EmCare Radiology Partner, Rays, at RSNA 2014!

Posted on Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Look for EmCare Radiology Partner, Rays, at RSNA 2014!

Don't miss Rays, EmCare's radiology partner, at RSNA 2014. Visit the team at booth 7356 to learn more about VidRay technology, which is just one of the many tools utilized by Rays and EmCare Radiology Services to improve patient care. 

Watch EmCare Rdiology Services CEO, Dr.Greg Rose explain how VidRay improves physician care and engages patients!

Learn more about RSNA by clicking here.

Congratulations to EmCare's 2014 READ Physician of the Year for Radiology, Dr. Alan Stone!



Tags: radiology

In Case You Missed It: Nov. 7, 2014

Posted on Fri, Nov 07, 2014
In Case You Missed It: Nov. 7, 2014

“In Case You Missed It” is a weekly roundup of popular healthcare headlines.

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Generation Gaps: How to Use Generational Differences to Create More Positive Healthcare Outcomes

Posted on Tue, Nov 04, 2014
Generation Gaps: How to Use Generational Differences to Create More Positive Healthcare Outcomes

By Rosilyn Rayborn
Social Media Specialist

Do you cringe at the sight of casual work attire? Do you crave a team environment and mentoring others? Or, are you tech savvy and hate to be micromanaged?

If you told me which one of the above statements you chose, I could determine whether or not you grew up as a latch-key kid, what time you prefer to leave the office and even which president was in office when you were born. It’s not mind-reading — it’s understanding generational differences.

This was the topic that captivated physician leaders during the 2014 EmCare leadership conference.

The interactive session, “Generational Differences in the Healthcare Workplace,” was led by Dr. Greg Rose, CEO of EmCare Radiology Services, and Envision Healthcare’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Kim Norman.

According to the presentation, there are four distinct generations currently active in the American workforce. Each generation has unique preferences for work/life balance, career motivation and communication, which can be key in determining how they interact with team members.

Understanding these generational differences, according to Dr. Rose and Norman, can create better healthcare outcomes for leaders and clinicians.

According to the session, the four generations that are currently in the workforce are Traditionalists (b. 1924-1946), Baby Boomers (b. 1946-1964), Gen X (b. 1964-1982) and Gen Y (b. 1982-2000).
Although humans can’t be completely summed up merely by birth year, extensive research has revealed clear distinctions that can be drawn about people when you know when they were born.
Why does knowing generational differences matter to health care professionals? Well, Dr. Rose said that as a healthcare leader, one question that is always on his mind is “How does a great leader support the needs of many?”

Imagine that you’re a baby boomer medical director who manages a team member who is a traditionalist.
All of a sudden, you understand that a pay raise isn’t as important to this person as feeling valued and you can provide the proper incentives for a job well done. Or how about that Gen-X-er who can’t survive without her smartphone? It’s not that she’s not paying attention – she’s simply a product of her generation.
How would you respond if someone asked you what time the workday ended? Would you say “whenever the work is finished” and assume this person is lazy and doesn’t want to work?
How “Boomer” of you.

If you knew the dynamics of generational differences, you could identify whether this person is from Gen-Y and if so, you’d know that no, this person isn’t trying to pass the buck on their workload, but that work/life balance is important to this generation and you could respond by taking their concern into consideration.

In short, understanding generational differences helps you recruit, train and interact with fellow healthcare professionals. And it helps us all more effectively communicate and collaborate to create better healthcare outcomes like the team at Lakeland Regional Medical Center who recently shared how they worked together to drastically decrease wait times in their Genesis Cup winning presentation “Optimizing the Emergency Department for Patient Flow.


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