BOSTON, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- LocumConnections, a rapidly growing locum tenens physician placement firm built on a unique, physician-led model, will participate in the American College of Physicians' Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 in Boston April 30-May 2.
At Booth 1237 during the meeting, LocumConnections representatives will share the company's successes and achievements in helping solve staffing challenges for hospitals and physicians' practices, as well as its expertise in crafting quality of life for locum tenens physicians, from the ideal location and hospital culture to the perfect mix of incentives and benefits.
"The ACP Internal Medicine Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of physicians, residents and medical students, with an expected attendance of 70,000," said Talbot "Mac" McCormick, M.D., President and CEO of LocumConnections. "Many of the attendees are looking for new opportunities in the locum tenens arena, and we will be there to share our expertise and discuss the difference a placement firm with clinical leadership can make in the locum tenens experience."
By physicians, for physicians
In managing medical groups across the spectrum from outpatient to urgent care to inpatient practices, Dr. McCormick has seen firsthand the plight of hospitals struggling to provide quality care while maintaining proper staffing levels in the face of the physician shortage. He also saw how the demands of quality temporary staffing often exceed the capabilities of traditional locum tenens placement firms.
"At LocumConnections, we don't just plug someone with minimum qualifications into an open spot. We plug physicians into a system of care," he said. "Our mission is to go beyond the definition of locum tenens as 'placeholder' staff. We believe that temporary assignments demand the best doctors and other medical staff, the best clinical and personal fit, the best behind-the-scenes services like payroll and travel to ensure the experience is a good one for all concerned."
Because LocumConnections was founded by physicians and operates in the clinical healthcare space, the company brings a unique understanding that delivers significant strategic value to the recruitment investment of any healthcare facility, and satisfaction to the physicians it employs and places.
Locum tenens placement for subspecialties, too
LocumConnections grew from the hospitalist services firm Eagle Hospital Physicians, as Eagle achieved success in helping its hospital partners find temporary contract hospitalists. Today, LocumConnections partners with hospitals and hospitalist groups to solve healthcare staffing challenges in a range of settings—from large metropolitan areas to small rural communities. The companies' network of providers includes inpatient primary care physicians and hospitalists, and is expanding to include other physician subspecialties such as transitionalists and laborists.
"The role of hospitalist, of course, is now embedded in the fiber of medical care, an established career path for many physicians, and it continues to be an active field for us in our locum tenens placement work," said Dr. McCormick. "But we also place locum tenens physicians specializing in urgent care and the emergency department (ED), as well as transitionalists or SNF-ists, laborists and surgicalists."
With the growth of these subspecialties, it is even more important for a locum tenens placement firm to have clinical leadership and experience, according to Dr. McCormick. "With LocumConnections' genesis coming from a hospitalist practice, we understand what happens in the healthcare continuum, how to manage it and how to place subspecialties into it to avoid segmentation and yield the greatest benefit from the '-ist' movement," he said.
LocumConnections' model also can include a blend of locum tenens staffing with interactive remote presence telemedicine through the Eagle Telemedicine program. "Our firm is unique in the locum tenens arena and we are growing rapidly," said Dr. McCormick. "We look forward to sharing our expertise with attendees at the ACP event."
LocumConnections provides locum tenens physician (MD/DO) and physician extender (PA/NP) staffing to healthcare and hospital systems, practice management groups and clinics. Because LocumConnections is built and led by physicians who come from both the practice and clinical setting and locum tenens background, the company is uniquely qualified to understand and solve the challenges faced by modern healthcare organizations. With a rapidly growing footprint in the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, LocumConnections continues to expand its services to meet the needs of doctors and hospitals across the United States.