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FALL 2017

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PracticeLink.com   FALL 2017 87 live & practice p Millard Collins, M.D., is an advocate for both primary care and the Nashville area. He also serves on staff at Meharry Medical College. · Photo by Krista Lee See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink Xavier University of Louisiana, the only black Catholic institution in the nation," Collins says. "They are a leader in g u iding black students toward the health science professions; some people say there is a pipeline between Xavier University and Meharry Medical College." Collins knew as an undergraduate that he wanted to work in health care. He was accepted to Meharry Me dical College, where he completed four years of training. During that time, he decided to pursue family medicine and sees himself as an advocate for family practice today. Col l i ns says that there a re negative messages that medical students absorb about fa m ily practice that keep them from pursuing the specialty, thus creating the shortage of family practice providers that many hospitals and health systems experience. "I have been surprised to learn that not all medical schools have family practice as a required rotation. The message that is sent to learners is, 'It's not important, you don't make as much money, it's plan B, etc.,'" he says. Rather, Collins says that some family practice doctors like the steady schedule of working in an office, while others engage their entrepreneurial spirit and start their own family practices. "Much of my career has been dedicated to setting the record straight," he says. "I want to let students know about the versatility of family practice." A nother physician employer near Franklin is LifePoint Health, a publicly-traded company that owns and operates 72 hospitals in 22 states. LifePoint operates Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Lawrenceburg, a full- service community hospital south of Franklin. Jess Judy, LifePoint Health's senior vice president for physician relations, says that a great deal of the medical staff at Lawrenceburg live in Franklin. Judy says physicians "don't get lost in the shuffle of a large metropolitan market," and have the opportunity to truly focus on patient care. "Our hospitals are very engaged in clinical quality and patient experience," Judy says. "LifePoint Health as a company — and I think this is a real differentiating factor — is the only national for-profit hospital company in the country that participated in the Hospital Engagement Networks. This was a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation program to drive and improve quality. LifePoint was a participant, and we met or exceeded all of our quality and harm reduction goals across the country." Furthermore, Judy said that a key factor that distinguishes Lawrence

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