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AP Health Earns 2024 Great Place To Work Certification™

Nashville, TN- AP Health is proud to be Certified™ by Great Place To Work® for the 4th year in a row. The prestigious award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at AP Health, and each year we have participated, we have achieved a higher rating with this year being our best yet. This year, 92% of employees said it’s a great place To Work – 35 points higher than the average U.S. company.

Surgical Assistants: Unsung Heroes of the OR

By Billy Williams, SA-C

With nearly three decades of experience in the operating room, I’ve witnessed firsthand what it takes to make surgeries successful. While a skilled surgeon is crucial, surgical assistants play a pivotal role in orchestrating surgeries, from preparing the operating room to closing incisions, all while maintaining effective communication among the surgical team.

Patrick Willett, PA-C, MDSc, Drawn to Professional Independence at AP Health

After 10 years working as a Physician Assistant (PA) with different physician groups, Patrick Willet, PA-C, DMSc, decided he wanted to be in an environment that offered professional independence and growth- that is what brought him to AP Health.

Finding Efficiencies in Operations Doesn’t Require AI

By Katelyn Nordby, AP Health Operations Manager

It seems like everyone in healthcare is looking for AI to be a silver bullet to improve operations and increase profit margins. While the power of AI will be transformative, there are opportunities to leverage technology to improve performance with tools that are available today.

Matthew Blakemore, PA-C: a Wandering Path to Medicine

“The work-life balance is also much better here,” Matthew says about AP Health. “I have more time with my wife and kids and get to leave work at work. There’s no coming home after a long day and having to dictate notes for hours at night. Here, I get up in the morning, go to work, scrub in, do surgery, scrub out, and I come home to spend time with my family.

Surgical Volume Key to Margin Recovery for Hospitals By Greg Flanagan, COO

Last year was the worst financial year for hospitals since the start of the pandemic, according to Kaufman Hall, with half of all hospitals reporting negative operating margins. For many, 2023 doesn’t look much better, with cost pressures from staffing remaining high and reimbursements from payors stagnant, or even declining. As a result, hospitals are looking to increase the volume of one of its few profitable revenue sources: surgery.

In Response to significant growth in South Florida, AP Health promotes John Torres

AP Health recently signed an agreement with Broward Health, a leading health system in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) where it will be providing its’ services at four of their hospital facilities. To accommodate this growth, AP Health has promoted John Torres, PA-C, to Senior Vice President of our South Florida Market

AP Health Earns Great Place to Work Certification™ for Third Year in a Row

Founder & CEO, J. Toby Gray says, “We are thrilled to be Great Place to Work-Certified™.   Employee culture is a top priority for us, and we value what our employees think about the company.

Cardiac Surgery Requires Increasingly Skilled Team

By Dan Teller, PA-C, Vice President of Cardiac Services

I started my career in cardiac surgery nearly 40 years ago. The advances that I’ve witnessed in terms of procedures, medicines and machines have transformed the nature and the effectiveness of the cardiac OR.