Checking the Vitals Healthcare Podcast
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Todd Schlosser Checking the Vitals

Welcome to our medical podcast, Checking the Vitals. I’m your host Todd Schlosser. My interest in healthcare and the medical field started a few years ago when my father had a severe stroke. When talking to the doctors, they told us there was nothing they could do. I was shocked that with all of the advancements in medicine, there were still blind spots in care delivery. This led me to want to talk to those in the medical field to see who is pushing their fields forward. Who is improving the quality of care and breaking new innovations so families don’t have to go through what mine did when we lost our father and doctors don’t have to deliver the bad news to patients’ families that nothing can be done.

In this medical podcast, we will dive deep into the healthcare space, from the people that dedicate their lives to patient care to the companies improving patient outcomes through innovation. From well-respected surgeons and thought leaders to those on the front lines of healthcare, we’ll bring you conversations with those making a difference both in the OR and beyond. Through in-depth interviews with nurses, sterile processing technicians, clinical managers, and even healthcare technology companies and startups, we’ll discuss what’s on the horizon in the industry in regards to careers, technology, and innovation. The heartbeat of healthcare is strong and ever-changing and we look forward to bringing you both the latest trends and the personal stories of those whose lives have been touched by healthcare professionals. Listen to the latest episodes of Checking the Vitals, a healthcare podcast focused on innovation.

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SpecialtyCare is the largest provider of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) services in the nation, with 110,000 cases every year. Our people work alongside the world’s leading surgeons to help identify any early signs of neurological injury. Our surgical neurophysiologist clinicians are backed by a skilled team of IONM physicians, who provide additional support with real-time monitoring through telecommunication, enabling timely interventions to avoid long-term neural problems. At SpecialtyCare, the health of the patient always comes first. As a partner in IONM, we are your insurance policy against risk and the high cost of patient injury, even during the most complex procedures like spine surgery, brain surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and general orthopedic surgery. You can rely on our expertise in IONM to reduce risk and help ensure patient safety.

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Kurt Strudwick

Checking the Vitals with Kurt Strudwick

Joining us today is Kurt Strudwick, a clinical educator for ECMO services at Specialty Care. In today's episode we talked to Kurt about how a family tragedy in his youth led him to have a passion for working in healthcare, how we started working in extra corporeal membrane oxygenation which ...

Checking the Vitals with Greg Lanford

In this conversation, Dr. Lanford and I discuss his career path to becoming a neurosurgeon and how he incorporates an entrepreneurial spirit into his medical practice. We also discuss the factors that led him to be an early adopter of new technologies ...
Checking The Vitals with Dr Brian Lima

Checking The Vitals with Dr Brian Lima

In our conversation, Dr. Lima and I discuss what led him to a career in healthcare, specifically heart transplantation surgery and how future plans include him authoring his own book. I think you'll find the part of the conversation about engaging a heart failure specialist early on in the heart ...

Checking the Vitals with Dr Mark Li

Today my guest is Dr. Mark Li, the Chief of Neurosurgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network. In this conversation, Dr. Li and I discuss how imaging has changed the way we look at and treat issues with the brain. I think you’ll particularly enjoy our discussion about the three different ...
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