Healthcare is a multi-trillion dollar industry in the United States, and yet many people are completely unaware of the brilliant people who work tirelessly behind the scenes and their efforts to improve access, lower costs and improve patient outcomes. Welcome to PopHealth Podcast, the show by healthcare professionals that explores the challenges facing the American Healthcare system and the innovative minds looking to solve them and move the industry into the future. We invite thought-leaders and influencers to discuss population health; from elected officials tasked with setting public policy, to clinicians who treat patients in every conceivable condition and social situation, to ground-breaking business leaders who are creating ways to connect and streamline the delivery of care to an ever-growing and diverse nation.
Our hosts, Gavin Ward & Zac Morgan, bring a combined 20 years of heath care and home care experience which allows them to facilitate thoughtful and meaningful discussion on topics including population health, care transitions, readmission prevention, etc. Our goal is to provide listeners with a wealth of knowledge on the issues which affect millions of Americans every day, and a glimpse inside the world’s largest healthcare system.
If you have experience with population health or possess a passion for care transitions and readmission prevention, join us on the PopHealth Podcast! Together, through healthy conversation, we can change and improve the future of healthcare!
HLTH Conference Part 1: National Coordinator for Health IT, Fitbit, BlueJeans by Verizon, Braingrade
With over 7,000 leaders from around the world coming together in Boston, I had the privilege of sitting down with leaders from a variety of impactful organizations. Part 1 includes: • Micky Tripathi- US Dept of Health and Human Services’ National Coordinator for Health IT • Amy McDonough-Fitbit’s Managing Director and General Manager • Krish[…]
Dignity Health, St. John’s Camarillo Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lynn Jeffers & The Integrated Breast Center
Dr. Jeffers discusses how getting admitted to med school while in high school prepared her to become a CMO and also lead the Integrated Breast Center, a free resource by St. John’s in Ventura County where Dr. Jeffers now practices in her home town. Check out this episode!
One of the nation’s leaders of the post-acute industry (home health, hospice, caregiving), Bill Dombi, joins the show and shares about his journey, as well as the journey of care in the home, over the past few decades and what we can expect to come in the near future as more care is delivered in[…]
Dr. Charbonneau explains how Encompass Health has become an expert for the care and expertise it provides in the acute rehabiltation hospital setting. We explore her long tenure with Encompass Health and how confusion exists as what the term “rehabilitaton hospital” actually means. Check out this episode!
Syl joins the show and shares about his journey that started in Quebec, Canada. Caring for his father at a young age was an inspiration that would ultimately lead him to become one of North America’s leaders in nursing, where he now oversees the efforts of 48,000 nurses under the Providence umbrella. Syl doesn’t shy[…]
Dr. Fong joins the show to break down what the physician advisor role is when serving as a liaison between care coordination or case management departments and the frontline physicians providing patient care in an acute care hospital setting. Check out this episode!
DispatchHealth has made waves across the country as it has served over 300,000 patients to date in the home. Kevin shares how Dispatch has grown into 18 states and how Dispatch has lead the waypreventing Emergency Department visits and bringing healthcare home. Check out this episode!
Fresh off big acquistion news of Healthy Living Network (HLN), Damien shares how Mission is transforming home health, hospice, and palliative care services as it becomes the largest provider of these services in the west. Check out this episode!
Vicki Hoak hops on the show to address some of the national challenges of the home care industry, including changes in the industry that will impact our ability to age in place such as new funding for care. Check out this episode!
Returning guest Pam Foster, VP Care Coordination, joins colleague Allison Rose, Network Director of Clinical Effectiveness, to share with host Gavin Ward and our audience about their initiatives at their muti-hospital system serving Scottsdale and Phoenix that end up leading to great outcomes for the patients that they ssrvice. Check out this episode!
Gavin Ward – Co-host
Gavin Ward is the first Certified Fellow in Readmission Prevention and is a Nationally Certified Readmissions Professional. Gavin brings over 12 years of experience in the healthcare and homecare space, including assisting in the development of Maxim Healthcare’s senior care, or “companion,” division early on in his career. He currently serves as 24Hr HomeCare’s Regional Director of Strategy and Partnerships, where he works with various hospitals, managed care groups, health systems, and the post-acute community to develop programs to improve throughput (decrease length of stay), care transitions, and readmission prevention through a professional caregiving, non-medical solution. His efforts, including the Hospital to Home™ care transitions programs nominated as a finalist for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards, have led to 24Hr HomeCare partnerships with many healthcare organizations which previously had not funded non-medical in-home care, but are starting to now that the right homecare program can bring cost savings and stronger outcomes. Gavin recently joined the Alzheimer’s Association-California Southland Chapter’s Speakers’ Bureau and also serves as an expert panelist moderator for the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in California and Arizona. He received his BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he also enjoyed time on the Westmont Warriors Ultimate Frisbee team. Gavin is married and has two children, ages 2 and 4.
Joe Zimmer – Co-host
Joe Zimmer is Regional Director at 24Hr HomeCare. As one of the leaders of the sales team, Zimmer oversees several Directors of Admissions throughout California, Arizona, and Texas. Joe was one of the company’s first employees, and helped to launch three start-up branch locations in Culver City, Encino, and Walnut Creek. He was also the engineer of the industry-first exclusive contractual partnership with a non-profit Community Based Organization: Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay – a pillar in the SF Bay Area since 1877. He also is a certified readmission prevention fellow through the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative. Fun fact: Joe taught himself how to play the piano at age 3.
Zachary Morgan – Co-host
Zac Morgan began as an Account Manager for 24Hr HomeCare’s Culver City office in 2010, and now serves as Regional Director of Strategy & Partnerships. He was the company’s first Senior Director of Admissions when he led the expansion into San Diego County, and also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Board of Home Care (2014-16). An early employee of 24Hr HomeCare, he helped to create the innovative Hospital to Your Home program and is a Nationally Certified Readmissions Professional. Zac graduated from Loyola Marymount University in LA where he studied both Sports Medicine and Business, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Fun Fact: After graduating from LMU, Zac moved to South Korea where he taught English, science and math while traveling around Asia.
Ryan Iwamoto – Co-host and Producer
Ryan Iwamoto is owner and co-founder of 24Hr HomeCare. As leader of the sales, marketing and business development team, Iwamoto is responsible for developing the overall sales and marketing strategy, execution, and development. He co-founded 24Hr HomeCare’s award-winning Hospital to Your Home™ program that offers a high-touch, low cost solution for hospital throughput efficiency, reducing hospital readmission, and care transitions. The program was named a finalist for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovations award and the Los Angeles Journal’s Healthcare Leadership Forum & Awards for post-acute care programs. Fun fact: Ryan is a former Eagle Scout with the Bronze Palm.