Vital Visions: The Vedala Brothers Podcast

9: Conversations with Our CEO, Part 2

October 26, 2023 Norman Regional Health System Season 1 Episode 9
Vital Visions: The Vedala Brothers Podcast
9: Conversations with Our CEO, Part 2
Show Notes Transcript

In last week’s episode, you got to meet Norman Regional Health System’s President & CEO, Richie Splitt. Richie is back with the Vedalas for part two of his episode. In part two, the three talk about Norman Regional’s partnership with OU Stephenson Cancer Center, Obesity Medicine at Norman Regional’s Journey Clinic, The Norman Way, Richie’s big moments as CEO, AI in healthcare and more. Listen to Conversations with Our CEO, Part 2 to hear this compelling episode. “We can do more together than apart.” – Richie Splitt, President & CEO

Guest Bio: Richie Splitt, FACHE is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Norman Regional Health System. He leads a team of more than 3,500 healers to fulfill the health system’s mission of serving its community as a leader in health and wellness care.

Splitt joined Norman Regional in 2013 as the chief administrative officer of the Norman Regional HealthPlex (168 beds) and Moore Medical Center (44-beds). After one week on the job, an EF-5 tornado destroyed the beloved Moore facility. This tragic and momentous event revealed Splitt’s character as a strong, effective and engaging leader in times of crisis. Splitt helped Norman Regional and its communities find hope, healing, pride and even joy in the face of adversity.

In 2017, Splitt was appointed to chief executive officer of the Norman Regional Health System. During his time as President and CEO, NRHS has received numerous clinical recognitions and experienced tremendous growth. Norman Regional has a net revenue of $450 million, 555 licensed beds at its two main campuses, 17 primary care clinics and 25 specialty clinics. Splitt has also led new growth in areas such as population and telehealth – including a direct-to-consumer app called Norman Regional Virtual Care, primary care clinic expansion, and a new transformative campus plan named Inspire Health.

Helping others to heal has always been a passion for Splitt. He began his career as a physical therapy technician, providing care to patients for nearly a decade before transitioning into management.

Splitt earned his Master of Science in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He is board certified in healthcare management and an American College of Healthcare Executives fellow. In 2020, Splitt was named Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO by The Journal Record in the non-profit category.

Links:
Norman Regional Health System
Norman Regional’s Team
The Norman Way
Inspire Health
Richie’s LinkedIn

This podcast is for educational purposes only. The information in this show is not to be used as medical advice. If you are needing medical care, please consult with your physician.

Norman Regional is hiring! See all our open opportunities here:
https://careers.normanregional.com/careers-home/

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Welcome, friends.

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This is DR’s Krishna and Veer Vedala.

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And we are the Vedala Bros.

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So in this podcast, we'll be discussing
important medical topics

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that affect your community.

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We'll be looking into medical research
Health and wellness tips

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and also available health

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care resources brought to you
by the Norman Regional Health System.

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That's right.

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And in each episode, we'll also be joined
by medical professionals,

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local community leaders
and even some of our friendly neighbors

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as we talk through various issues
that are affecting our community.

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So if you want to lead healthy lives
or learn about the new healthy trends,

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we want this podcast to be your
go to resource.

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Today, Norman Regional stands
as one of the premier health

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institutions in Oklahoma.

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But as we said
before, the success of an organization

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is not based on
just its products and services,

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but the collective passion, dedication
and vision of its leaders.

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And we have been lucky enough to sit
with one such leaders of our Norman region

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Health care system. Mr. Richie split.

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Thank you for joining us for part
two of our special episode, Conversations

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with our CEO.

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one of the things that I've always been
interested in is the field of oncology.

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And at one point, even myself, I thought
about, you know, going to further training

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and, and becoming an oncologist, but,
you know, family, balance, wife,

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you know there were some restrictions,
but what brought upon

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the partnership between Norman Regional
and OU Stevenson Cancer Center.

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we had Dr.

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Jones here a couple of weeks ago
and she explained it, but I just wanted

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to kind of get your perspective
on what brought that partnership together.

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Dr. Jones
and all of our partners are terrific.

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And for us

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in this transformational strategic plan
that we call Inspire health,

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we knew we were going to build
a new cancer center.

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Our new campus was going to include
a cancer center, and in doing so,

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we could continue our long
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of great community cancer care.

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I mean, Dr.

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Jones and her, her colleagues
are outstanding, our healers, outstanding.

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They do a wonderful job
and at certain levels of care we have to

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refer those patients out for trials
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treatments and opportunities.

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So we began to talk about and think about

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how could we just level up in cancer care.

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And so we we invited the conversation

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for a few potential partners and providers

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and OU Stephenson Cancer Center

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just resonated and they

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they give us the opportunity,
that partnership with O.U.

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Health, gives us the opportunity to provide
clinical trials and other research

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opportunities for patients
through a National Cancer Institute

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Designated cancer

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Center, NCI Designated Cancer Center,
second location

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on the campus of Norman Regional
right here in Oklahoma.

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That's rarefied air for cancer treatment.

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And we're just we're
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to bring that higher level of care,
to open up that to our providers, Dr.

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Jones and the rest, to really make
a difference for our patients

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and do it in the convenience
of of our team, our state, our community.

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Exactly.

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And it's going to be a wonderful facility

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with even better people inside.

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Thats Beautiful.

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so another thing that Krishna
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addressing,
you know, the epidemic of obesity

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and trying to help patients
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and one of the biggest resources

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and that we're grateful for in the Norman
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And I think they do an excellent job
and we are going to have

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somebody from there come
and be a guest on the podcast too.

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But I was just curious of how that, that,

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that system started and, and how,

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how did we get all the resources
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So you used the word visionary before,
and that was the result

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of recruiting in physicians
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Yeah, and we like to do that.

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We think of ourselves
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how we can open up the opportunity
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and others launched that program years ago

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before I arrived at Norman Regional,
and she had a great vision.

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And so we just needed to apply our
resources, make way for that opportunity.

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And she has done and her partners as well
have done a remarkable job in

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being successful and driving high quality
outcomes and and really making

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a significant difference in the lives
of those patients that they serve.

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So all of that credits got to go to Dr.

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Nelson and others that are living that
that service line each and every day.

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And it really, it's remarkable.

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It's when you can transform a life
like that through the surgeries

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or other interventions
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It is life

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changing, truly life
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So I'm really proud of of that service
line and proud of the work they do.

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It's it's important

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work. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah.

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I went and visited
and I was just blown away.

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And I'm glad we have such
a dedicated entire clinic

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to the obesity epidemic
because it's difficult to kind of find

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such a focused clinic
only dealing towards obesity and not just,

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you know, in terms of surgery,
but also in terms of counseling,

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in terms of nutrition,
in terms of the metabolic aspect of it.

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And so bringing that together
must not have been easy at all.

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So, yeah.

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And and, you know,
just a little counterpoint from that.

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And, you know, obesity is heavily
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and coming here to Norman Regional
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it was to get people screened
and treated with Ms.

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Stinnett in the sleep
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I just that just goes to say
how streamlined Norman is.

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and the, and the,

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and with Tiger Connect, which I coming
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and getting, getting to just communicate

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with my colleagues and specialists, right?

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it was, it's

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amazing, right?

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It makes our job a lot easier.

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It makes us feel more comfortable
knowing that

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we have people who we can lean on to
for advice and support.

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And that's the amazing part.

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And I think that's just what I always like
calling.

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It's the Norman Regional way, right?
So that's right.

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Know we strive for that every day
for the exactly

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what you're describing
you know from physician to physician.

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We talk about that department across
department throughout the organization.

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I go to the, you know, I address

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I get the opportunity
to address our new healers in orientation.

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Every so often, we rotate through.

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But when it's my time,
I always provide them my mobile number.

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So they can give me a call
when they get stuck.

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Because that's important.
They're they're going to have questions.

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And I don't have all the answers,
but I know people who do.

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But it's important. They feel comfortable.

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They realize there's
there's more to their work than

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just punching a clock
and doing what they're asked to do.

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It's about connecting with people at work.

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It's about really connecting
to our mission, that purpose.

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And if and when we do that,
then we're we get better results.

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And so that's our
our goal is bring everybody together, feel

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like a work family,
treat each other with respect and dignity.

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And and we can do more together
than we can apart.

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So I'm glad to hear that it's working for
you guys as well.

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That was just so fantastically.

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put when you said
we could do more together than apart.

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that's just an amazing quote that
and I think that is probably

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the one of the
all the things that I'll take

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from this podcast that will probably be
one of the more I remember, memorable ones.

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and this is, this is why we call him
our Richie because he is...

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Please call me Richie.

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Sir, you're the most down to earth leader.

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I'm

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So I'm so glad to be working
under your leadership.

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Oh that's very kind. We do it together
side by side. Side by side.

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Walk us through some of your, like,

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favorite opportunities or experiences
you've had as CEO.

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What were those big moments?

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big moments are definitely when we have

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critical periods in

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in our career, in our lives,
and in our in the sacred work that we do.

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How how can one
not think about the pandemic?

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Yeah, And we've had multiple opportunities
where we've come together

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as as a health system and rallied around
one challenge or another.

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And there's no better example
than the pandemic.

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I'm so proud of our healers in the work
they did.

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All we did was say yes. Yes,
we'll start a new infusion clinic.

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Yes, we'll take that patient.
Yes, we'll care for your loved one.

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We wanted to be

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here.

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We wanted to be available,
readily accessible for our community.

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And we did that extremely well.

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And I know it happened
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all across the country,
but I saw it on a daily basis

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with our healers,
and I could not be more proud.

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So, you know, it's it's those moments.

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It's truly when you
when you see the outcomes that we achieve

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as a health system, one patient at a time.

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Knee to knee, when you said across them
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those,yeah, 
those helping hands and caring hearts

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are second to none at Norman Regional
so it's those big moments.

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The pandemic really brought out the best
in our organization

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and now, you know, following
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we are still adjusting
and it goes back to that potential.

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When we make the right informed decisions,
then we can unleash that potential.

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And that's what I strive to do.

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And we all strive to do it each
and every day, make it more accessible,

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more effective, and just the right thing
to do for our patients.

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Just like we did through the pandemic.

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One of the questions that I wanted to ask
you is, is being a leader

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is not an easy job, obviously,
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that I've kind of come to realize is
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Right?

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It's it's one thing to be the
the CEO or the president,

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but it's another thing to have a vision
and then to build a consensus around.

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You kind of touched about this
briefly earlier today,

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but what what
what I was wondering was was,

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how difficult was it

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trying to build that consensus around the,
the Inspire Health movement?

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I can't say it was easy.

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It was it was arduous.

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The task to get to that end point,
to have something that we could walk away

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with and agree
about or agree to in inspire health,

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that wasn't easy.

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And and probably

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I'm struggling to to explain this clearly.

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But It really is
because we were so transparent.

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We communicated
I mentioned the healer forums

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that our healers truly were the coauthors
in the Inspire health strategic plan.

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It was important to me.

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It was important to our organization

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that if we were going to succeed,
we need everybody on board.

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We need everybody pulling on the same
rope, same time, same direction.

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And that happened.

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And it's not over yet.

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It's bricks and mortar.

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The rest is about implementation.

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We get into our new spaces.

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Then we need to do things differently

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and really be lean in
and be forward thinking.

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So it it's about transparency.

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It's communication.

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It it can be intimidating.

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But if you stand there
and you're willing to field the questions,

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you're willing to hear the emotions
that are tied to change and

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and difficult decisions,
then I think we come out of that stronger.

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And that's what we did
with the inception of Inspire Health.

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That's what we continue to do.

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And I believe it serves all of us well.

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When we have the ability
to communicate, ask questions

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and be a be a part of something
bigger than ourselves.

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And that's all we ask of our healers is

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think of our patients first
and be a part of something bigger.

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That's our mission. That's our vision.

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And gosh, we'll be very, very successful.

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Again, it's about that potential.

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We can unleash that potential.

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And I'm committed to that transparency
and committed to communication.

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And together
we're stronger that way.

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Exactly.

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Well, sir,

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I think my next questions, like
we talked about the big moments, Right?

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And obviously you've probably experienced
challenges, too.

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And so after you became CEO,
was there anything in particular

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you were nervous about or a particular
challenge that stood out to you?

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And can you talk about
how you overcame it?

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Yes, definitely challenges
and concerns for me.

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And really it was about
I I'd been in the organization

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for three years or so
and I felt as though I'd built trust.

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And when you have trust,
you are more likely to succeed

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because people do want to follow you.

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You have people who want to lead
you, people who want to follow.

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They need to know where is true north.

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And so that was building trust
and then instilling hope

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that way that we could overcome this,
you know, a

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loss of the previous CEO
and that I was capable with our

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our team to just pick up the mantle
and move forward.

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One thing that was a high priority
was that strategic plan.

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We needed a living,
breathing, dynamic strategic plan

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that was going to bring everybody
around that true north.

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Where we going as an organization?

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What's my role in helping us get there?

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So Inspire Health was born.

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It started as the BHAG and became
inspire health.

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BHAG, Inspire Health.

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You see any like potential challenges
in the future.

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These challenges
never go away in health care, obviously.

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So yes, there are plenty.

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And, you know, I'm really concerned
about the supply chain piece.

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It still impacts us every day.

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We need to overcome that.

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And the the legislative part of health
care policy

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always influences us
and in the work that we do.

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So we must pay attention to that.

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It is the ongoing evolution
of health care.

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You know,
I believe there will always be a need

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for inpatient care, truly sick patients
who need to be in the hospital.

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How do we best serve our patients,
our customers in an outpatient setting?

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How do we preemptively prevent
an inpatient stay?

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How can we promote health and wellness
to keep them out of that

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acute care setting, manage
chronic diseases,

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medications are are becoming more
and more powerful, as you all know.

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And we haven't even talked
about artificial intelligence

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and what role does it have
in health care today. Oh wow.

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So there are those are
there are a lot of things

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in the future that that give me pause
that we need to be prepared for.

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And we're doing our best. Yeah.

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Yeah.

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Like,
you know, some we we go to our clinic,

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we see our patients and then we we do
the best we can to take care of them,

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medically. but the world of medicine
is so vast, is so many moving parts. It just changes.

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There's so much change.

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Even when we were in medical school
and now coming out,

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there's so much
that's changed in the last ten years.

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It's just is incredible. Yeah.

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And also my mind boggling. At the same
time.

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It's that continuous learning

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because there's always something
new around the corner again.

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Yeah.

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And you mentioned artificial intelligence
and that's, that's something that's.

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So that's. Brilliant.
one of the things really always been

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I wouldn't say
maybe I the best way to put it as proud

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you know to be a physician
which is "oh I can never be replaced."

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But now even that itself is becoming more
and more of a concern to me

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because there could be a chance
where an artificial, you know, an A.I.

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could basically just base everything off
an algorithm and say you meet this

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criteria, therefore this is the medication
that that you should be prescribed.

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And that's that thought.

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The thought of that is just frightening.

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Well, neither of you could be replaced

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and maybe health care can be augmented

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by an A.I. tool as a backstop

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or, you know, supporting cast,
if you will.

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So we explore those opportunities,

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whether it's, you know, in radiology,
we can

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A.I. can scan a film and image very quickly

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and provide feedback from the expert
who's also reviewing that film.

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So it's a nice backstop to have.

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And I wouldn't want to rely on A.I.

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at all for health care.

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Right.

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Principally. But as a helper.

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Maybe so, yeah.

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I think there's some potential in primary
care to help with, decrease admin

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workload for physicians, whether it's,

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drafting patient education
or because right now

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we use dictation software, you know,
that's common, that was up and coming and.

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And we do have reminder systems
for screening and other prevention

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that that do pop up in the EMR. Right?

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So I think it could be.

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I think tools like that
are what allows you to

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to get back to the basics
of medicine. Of medicine, right. 

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How you connect with your patients

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and that knee to knee conversation
that I mentioned before.

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That's how we want to use that tool
so that you can better understand

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your patient needs
and then chart that path forward.

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Right, Right.

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And there's like talks about integrating
it into EMRs, if I'm not mistaken.

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There is. Yes,
it's out there. Oh it's out there already.

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Oh I didn't know that. Wow. Well, sir,

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you know, primary care providers and,

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you know, we're part of the the wheel

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and and the moving machine
that is our health care system.

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How how can we and other primary
care doctors out there

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or any physicians or even students right.

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how can we get involved

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and try to support,
you know, our future vision of Norman?

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whether it's committees or leadership
roles or anything you can think of.

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I think it's meeting your patients
where they are.

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Continue to do that.

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You both do an excellent job
and in doing that, stay current with,

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you know, the, the articles
and the research and all of those things.

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But help,

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really connecting those patients,
help them in their journey to wellness,

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be proactive and look down the road,
not just at the one incident.

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And you guys are excellent at doing that
and our organization is getting better

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and better across the board in that way so

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that preemptive, proactive treatment,
if you will,

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is going to be vitally important
if we're truly changing the health

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outcomes in our community.

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So continue doing that,

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be engaged on those in those

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committees and, and that way
you learn again what your role,

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how it influences another person's role
or the health system overall.

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Stay engaged.

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It's all about being engaged
and communicate.

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Keep doing these podcasts to help others
learn from this.

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Yeah, which leads me to a question.

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I have a question for you two.

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Okay, that's great.

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So what's it like to be working with
your brother in the same health system?

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What's, how's that experience?

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You take that first?

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Well, we probably have varying opinions.

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I'm just kidding.

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Since you were the first
in the health system.

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Anyway.

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I knew coming out of residency

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that if there's a place I wanted to work
at and I always wanted to come back home

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and I always knew Norman
Regional was the place where I would do

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well, where I would love to have
that family work balance

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and at the same time
will allow me to grow.

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and so, you know, when I interviewed,
Norman Regional

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was one of the first places
that I even looked at,

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and, and so, and then when I got in here,

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coming out of

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residency right into your first
job, can be nerve wracking.

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But for me, it's,
it was such an easy transition.

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And I can't emphasize this,
I, I've always been supported,

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not just by the specialists,
but also, by our team and our clinic.

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the shout out to Adrian and Chuti
and Bortier,

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my nurse, Tabitha and Irma 
and Jamie and Grace.

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If there's anyone else
I'm forgetting, I'm sorry.

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And also to, Ms. Lynn! 

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Oh yeah, and Lynn, Lynn. And, you know,
having other close by mentors like Dr.

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Shrilekha Parikh,
who is just right across the pond, and Dr.

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Sims, who's our who we call our work mom,
because she kind of has to

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sometimes maybe put us in our place.

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But, but Norman's been great to me, and,

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and I knew that when Veer was ready,
that having him would be great.

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Because not only do we in, not only did
we go to medical school together, but,

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you know, we're two different specialties
and and that, I think really helps

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because if I have a question
and specifically when it comes to

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Ob/Gyn or even, you know, Peds care,
I don't see pediatricians,

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or the pediatric population.

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But just in case, I, I always knew that
having my brother to fall

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back is always going
to be, you know, a very good,

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reliable support system.

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And so I was always excited
and I still am excited and I'm always

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grateful to have have him, have him with me.

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So I knew from day one
it was going to be a blast and has been,

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and I, I enjoy it. you know, it

414
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also kind of gives us a chance
just to kind of hang out together.

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and we kind of miss that.

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And we both love our wives really

417
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Well, but when you get married,
you know, things change, right?

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Priorities are a little bit different.

419
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And so, you know,
we could still have our usual conversation

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or chat during lunch or talk about,
you know, what movie we want to go to or

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Veer's a big video gamer.

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And so he talks about video games
and I talk about sports.

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and so but it's been great and I love it.

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I really love having him work with me.

425
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Yeah. Excellent.

426
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Yeah.

427
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So, yeah, I mean, I, I
agree with everything and echo what and Dr.

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Vedala I said over there, but, you know,
I honestly,

429
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after my residency career

430
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had ended and I went to Kansas to do
my family medicine training

431
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and, and was coming back,
it was kind of at a crossroads.

432
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I actually interviewed here,

433
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right after residency as well.

434
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Yeah.

435
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and there was, this place and then,

436
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it was a place in Tulsa I interviewed at,
and then at O.U.

437
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for the faculty position
and medical education

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and working with students
has always been a passion of mine.

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And it will continue to be
because I absolutely love teaching

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and I felt like that was a,

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in that time of my career

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as family physicians and residency
we train with OB and we,

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you know, do all of our, in-patient
training and, and I felt like it's,

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you know, at residency or I'm still doing
everything was the peak time

445
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I could, I could take that opportunity
and, and try my hat at academics.

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And I felt like

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if there's a time to do it, it's now.

448
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and, absolutely

449
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loved my journey through, through OAU.

450
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for the last,
I did that for two years after,

451
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residency training.

452
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But that thought of working with Krishna
is always

453
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there, even as we were growing up, right?

454
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That was like my parent's dream, right?

455
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Yeah, that's, that is,
that is the dream. And,

456
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and obviously we knew

457
00:23:58,575 --> 00:23:59,008
we were going to

458
00:23:59,008 --> 00:24:02,941
come serve the community in Oklahoma,
the community that helped raise us and,

459
00:24:03,041 --> 00:24:07,240
and wanted to give back to the people
that gave us so much growing up, right?

460
00:24:07,340 --> 00:24:08,773
I mean,

461
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Edmond and Norman is all we've known.

462
00:24:12,206 --> 00:24:15,739
we cherish our years in college

463
00:24:15,839 --> 00:24:18,839
here in Norman. And,

464
00:24:18,972 --> 00:24:22,638
I was a volunteer at Norman
Regional Hospital while I was in college.

465
00:24:22,638 --> 00:24:27,904
And, and so it was like coming home
in multiple ways.

466
00:24:28,004 --> 00:24:31,070
One, it was a system
I was already familiar

467
00:24:31,070 --> 00:24:32,904
with and people already knew

468
00:24:32,904 --> 00:24:35,270
because I also worked
in the pathology department with Dr.

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00:24:35,270 --> 00:24:35,703
Thompson.

470
00:24:35,703 --> 00:24:38,703
And them,
and then I get to work with my brother.

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00:24:38,703 --> 00:24:42,536
And so I am incredibly grateful

472
00:24:42,602 --> 00:24:45,402
for this opportunity
and to be able to serve patients and work

473
00:24:45,402 --> 00:24:49,301
alongside my brother and amazing people
in our clinic, including Dr.

474
00:24:49,301 --> 00:24:50,535
Sims, Dr. Parikh, Dr.

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00:24:50,535 --> 00:24:56,967
Manning, and, and the people
I've got to meet along the way.

476
00:24:57,034 --> 00:24:59,233
even the newer physicians like Dr.

477
00:24:59,233 --> 00:25:00,867
Cain and I, I love Dr.

478
00:25:00,867 --> 00:25:03,966
Cain, you know, and people I met here

479
00:25:03,966 --> 00:25:06,966
and, and,

480
00:25:07,032 --> 00:25:09,865
I think, we, we work well together

481
00:25:09,865 --> 00:25:13,398
in terms of camaraderie and, and,

482
00:25:13,465 --> 00:25:16,664
working on taking care of our patients.

483
00:25:16,731 --> 00:25:20,031
because when you come to our clinic, Dr.

484
00:25:20,031 --> 00:25:24,663
Sims, Krishna and I are all,
you know, in the same goal of

485
00:25:24,763 --> 00:25:27,763
doing the best we can.

486
00:25:27,830 --> 00:25:29,363
That's, that warms

487
00:25:29,363 --> 00:25:32,496
my heart, because that is what we strive
to do as an organization.

488
00:25:32,496 --> 00:25:36,162
Recruit people in who have a mission like

489
00:25:36,395 --> 00:25:40,528
the two of you do and are are deeply
devoted to our patients.

490
00:25:40,595 --> 00:25:41,928
I've seen that in your practices

491
00:25:41,928 --> 00:25:45,461
and the feedback
that comes back to me from others.

492
00:25:45,561 --> 00:25:48,494
So you've been well received
and it is a part

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00:25:48,494 --> 00:25:51,493
and in line with our commitment.

494
00:25:51,560 --> 00:25:53,060
The I.C.A.R.E. values.

495
00:25:53,060 --> 00:25:57,092
What you both described
is all about Integrity, Communication,

496
00:25:57,192 --> 00:25:59,925
Attitude, achieving Results
and then Engagement.

497
00:25:59,925 --> 00:26:02,125
That that is,

498
00:26:02,192 --> 00:26:03,258
that's where we need to be.

499
00:26:03,258 --> 00:26:06,291
This is a
we talk a lot about being a work family

500
00:26:06,291 --> 00:26:10,591
and you truly are family
and you're you're spreading

501
00:26:10,591 --> 00:26:13,590
that throughout the organization as well,
the broader work family.

502
00:26:13,590 --> 00:26:16,157
So I'm grateful you're both here.

503
00:26:16,157 --> 00:26:17,256
Well, thank you so much.

504
00:26:17,256 --> 00:26:17,523
Thank you.

505
00:26:17,523 --> 00:26:20,523
Thank you. I'm grateful to be here.

506
00:26:20,723 --> 00:26:23,089
All right, Lastly, sir, before

507
00:26:23,089 --> 00:26:26,189
we, close out the episode,
we always ask our guests

508
00:26:26,189 --> 00:26:30,421
if there's one message
take away from this.

509
00:26:30,521 --> 00:26:34,654
episode that you want to relay
to our, our listeners.

510
00:26:34,754 --> 00:26:36,420
I think,

511
00:26:36,420 --> 00:26:42,586
a message might be if you want to connect
with the purpose of health care,

512
00:26:42,653 --> 00:26:45,653
at Norman Regional,
this is the best place to do it.

513
00:26:45,886 --> 00:26:49,485
You both are again
living examples of how that can happen.

514
00:26:49,552 --> 00:26:53,052
I like to believe I get up every day
and try to make that happen as well.

515
00:26:53,052 --> 00:26:57,918
But Norman Regional, deeply
devoted to our patients, to our community,

516
00:26:57,984 --> 00:27:04,783
those that we serve and our healers make
a difference every day. And

517
00:27:04,850 --> 00:27:06,483
we'd love to have

518
00:27:06,483 --> 00:27:09,883
more great healers
in our organization achieving the outcomes

519
00:27:09,883 --> 00:27:13,282
that are important to our patients
and to our community so

520
00:27:13,349 --> 00:27:16,182
come be a part of something great and,

521
00:27:16,182 --> 00:27:20,281
help us to write the next Inspire Health
strategy, because it's, it's coming up.

522
00:27:20,381 --> 00:27:22,014
We're there.

523
00:27:22,014 --> 00:27:25,581
Patient, people.

524
00:27:25,647 --> 00:27:26,181
Progress, 
Progress,

525
00:27:26,181 --> 00:27:28,114
and potential.

526
00:27:28,114 --> 00:27:30,913
Yeah, we got it. Yeah that's it. 
Thank you again Mr. Splitt. Yeah, thank you.

527
00:27:30,913 --> 00:27:33,580
We're just so grateful
for you to join us today.

528
00:27:33,580 --> 00:27:36,413
And from all of us here at Norman
Regional,

529
00:27:36,413 --> 00:27:39,345
guys, we thank you for joining us
for our Vital Visions podcast.

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00:27:39,345 --> 00:27:42,078
And as always, stay classy, my friends.

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00:27:42,078 --> 00:27:43,112
And stay out of trouble.