Deirdre Baggot, Ph.D., MBA, RN, is a Denver, Colorado-based business strategist who works in the healthcare field. She is deeply involved in healthcare payment reform, in particular bundled payments. She has offered consulting services to hundreds of American hospitals who want to transition from a traditional payment method to bundled payments which have benefits for their bottom lines as well as patient satisfaction.
Deirdre Baggot has written over twenty research papers about reforming healthcare and adopting bundled payments. She has appeared on shows like the Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Planet Money where she has been the featured expert on healthcare reform. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) appointed Deirdre Baggot as one of their expert reviewers during two through four stages of the Bundled Payments Model. Read more about Deirdre Baggot on crunchbase
After completing high school, she earned a nursing degree and was a Gregory Laverty Scholar. She also has a business administration master’s degree acquired at the Loyola University Graduate School of Business. Her Ph.D. was awarded at the University of Colorado.
She has been the keynote speaker at multiple medical conferences around the United States such as the Pay-for-Performance Summit, Bundled Payments Summit, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She spent ten years in the field of academic healthcare during which time her CEO left in order to become a consultant. He convinced her to join him and so she joined The Camden Group where her specialty was value-based reimbursement.
When she first started consulting she wasn’t really very sure whether she would be good at it or not. She didn’t have any experience in that line of work, She had a solid team behind her, though, who taught her everything she needed to excel as a consultant.
Deirdre Baggot says she has had a number of great mentors during her career. She first points to Jean Pryzbylek at Northwestern who is a c-suite executive that has great people skills. She also gives credit to Marge Calarco at the University of Michigan who really helped her develop the business skills she has needed to thrive.
This is the story of Dr. Mark McKenna whose journey took him from medicine to real estate and investing and back to medicine. Immediately after graduation from Tulane University, Dr. McKenna went to work as a doctor in his father’s practice. He quickly realized however that this was not the field of medicine he once knew. Treatment was controlled by insurance companies and he was struggling to earn a decent living. In order to pay his medical school loans, he began to privately invest his money. He became very good at it and after five years he left medicine and opened his own real estate development and investment firm.
Dr. Mark McKenna became a financial success and found that this new line of work was a satisfying challenge to him. However, hurricane Katrina hit his housing area in 2005 and as a result of the storm’s devastation, he lost millions. He never stopped working through and found ways to help his community by buying and flipping houses for low-income residents. He worked with community agencies and lawmakers to rebuild homes that had been destroyed by the storm. This work reminded him that his true passion was helping people and he decided to once again become Dr. Mark McKenna.
He founded a company called ShapeMed to provide aesthetic medical services to men and women. This venture grew from a single clinic to a network and was eventually purchased by Life Time Fitness. Since he was in no way ready to stop working, Dr. Mark McKenna opened OVME Cosmetics. This is a client-oriented healthcare company that uses the latest technology to perform elective procedures. The goal of OVME is to ensure that all procedures are minimally invasive, patient-centered, and convenient. Dr. McKenna even stated that the operation is so simple that anyone can order and schedule surgery online.
OVME clinics not only offer cosmetic surgery but also provide testosterone replacement therapy and PRP hair loss treatments for men, and wellness services including precision weight management. This is the way Dr. Mark McKenna always thought medicine should work.
Picture being a personal paediatric surgeon for the children of the Saudi Royal. This golden opportunity came to Dr. Saad Saad in the 1980s because he, the only U.S board-certified paediatric surgeon, spoke Arabic and English fluently.
Dr. Saad, born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait, is among eight children in his family, three of whom are also surgeons. He got his medical degree from Cairo University and graduated with honors and was second in his class. Saad did his internship in England and later moved 45 years ago to the United States. He completed a residency in paediatric surgery and surgery and became Board- Certified in Paediatric Surgery. Becoming certified in the U.S. is difficult and requires continuous surgical practice, specialized training and one has to undertake a rigorous exam after every decade.
In Riyadh, he worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital after the hospital chief and Protocol Office called him to serve them by performing surgeries ranging from o the most complex ones. While there, Dr. Saad operated on a young baby suffering from an aneurysm. He saved the baby, and to educate others, Saad convinced a leading scientific journal to have the details published. The hospital chief and Protocol Office highly regarded his opinions and took seriously his suggestions on whether a patient’s surgery should be performed at the hospital or abroad. One of the hospital’s assistant chiefs trusted Saad and opted for him to operate on his son rather than taking him overseas.
King Faisal Specialist Hospital is mainly for serving the Saudi Royal family, but other royals from neighboring countries sought treatment from the hospital. It also welcomes indigent patients suffering from complex paediatric surgical illnesses. Dr. Saad comes from a poor background but Dr. H Biemann Othersen, his mentor, ingrained in him the principle that all people are equal. According to Saad, the most valuable lesson he received from Biemann is for him to practice kindness and fairness by treating all children, regardless of their race, financial status, religion or physical and mental abilities, the same. While in the U.S, Dr. Saad assisted young adults and children in the Holy Land. In the U.S, he undertook four medical missions and eight missions in Jerusalem and West Bank where he performed free complex paediatric surgeries on poor children.
Dr. Saad is always looking to improve traditional surgical procedures and methods in a bid to reduce pain and risks exposed to his patients. He has created many paediatric surgical processes and patented two of his inventions. Saad has assisted in establishing a Surgical Residency Program for Saudi Students. The program enables Saudi students to receive surgical training in Saudi Arabia without having to travel abroad. Learn more: https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md