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!
Health Plan Mini-Series- Jill Selby, Corporate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Product Development, SCAN Health Plan
SCAN Health Plan, based in Southern California, is a pillar in the Medicare Advantage Health Plan realm and now serves over 200,000 individuals. Jill shares how SCAN has often been at the when it comes to serving the aging population. Check out this episode!
Humana’s “bold goal” of improving the health and wellness of its members by 20% is a large focus of Humana, and Dr. Renda shares some insight as to how Humana aims to get that done. Check out this episode!
Ravnyssa is leading up and coming Kara Health, which has grown tremendously by leveraging state of the art technology and clinical care for the chronically ill. Check out this episode!
In 2003, Angela went from an RN working at a hospital to the founder of one of the nation’s first senior living placement organizations, and the first to franchise. Angela noticed there was a need in the Arizona community to help navigate families along the senior living path, and 16 years later she’s considered a[…]
Jim McAleer returns to the show and shares how his organization is helping to lead the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Check out this episode!
Gavin and Zac highlight some memorable moments/unknown stories from the podcast and review key healthcare updates from the first half of 2019. Check out this episode!
Heal’s Co-Founder, Greg Drobnick, joins the show to discuss how we can now order a house call physician from the comfort of our home via Heal, which is just a click or phone call away.
The average wait to see a doctor is over 15 days, but Heal has solved that problem and can have a physician to you often within just two hours. Heal has solved the “physician shortage” for many and accepts most major insurances, including Medicare. Greg shares how Heal is changing the way care is delivered.[…]
Providence Tarzana Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, Dale Surowitz, Discusses Joint Venture With Cedars-Sinai
Cedars-Sinai and Providence Health and Services are two of the most respected names in healthcare. Dale Surowitz joins the show to discuss both his and Tarzana Medical Center’s journey and transitions over the years, as well as how the hospital he saw under construction in the 70’s while riding his bike will soon be known[…]
MLK, Jr Community Hospital is a relatively newly built hospital that is on the same grounds of the closed MLK/King Drew Hospital that drew national attention for the wrong reasons. Jon Westall, a former corrections officer and security leader for Playstation, joins the show to discuss how behind the scenes, nearly 50% of hospital staff[…]
Chris has been a pillar in the healthcare community for nearly 20 years with Scripps, but healthcare wasn’t always his calling. Chris started his career in law enforcement, but a major accident while on duty as a police officer transformed his journey towards healthcare. Chris shares how Scripps has become one of the leading integrated[…]
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.