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Episode Info: Transcription:James Linder 0:03Every health system is looking at their labor stack if you will. Who does what work? How is work getting done? How's the care provided? So I do believe we will get to a different care delivery model than we had in December of 2019. And hopefully, that will be better for the patients and be more efficient economically.Gary Bisbee 0:23That was Dr. James Linder, CEO of Nebraska Medicine, discussing how the COVID crisis will lead to a new delivery model to provide more convenient and efficient care for the patient. I'm Gary Bisbee. And this is Fireside Chat. Dr. Linder has a storied career at the University of Nebraska, including being interim president, a long term faculty appointment as Professor of pathology and microbiology, and his current appointment as CEO of Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Linder is a long-standing entrepreneur with a broad range of interests. Let's listen to Dr. Linder respond to a question about the public health infrastructure and its importance to national security.James Linder 1:05The pandemic has illustrated the fact that robust public health infrastructure is essential for not only the health of individuals but the health of the economy. It's not nice to have, you really need a strong public health infrastructure. And I think every city-state and the federal government has underfunded that for many years because it's not a glamorous activity. Hopefully, people have learned from this pandemic that proper investments and public health are essential.Gary Bisbee 1:37Our conversation includes Dr. Linder discussing a leader's most important characteristic in times of crisis, Nebraska medicine, economics, what he likes most about Nebraska, and the role of the Nebraska medicine biocontainment unit that received early COVID patients from the west coast. I'm delighted to welcome Dr. James Linder to the microphone.Well, good afternoon, Jim, and welcome.James Linder 2:03Thank you very much, Gary, I'm delighted to be with you on this podcast.Gary Bisbee 2:06We're pleased to have you at the microphone for sure. It's always interesting to learn about our guests. You're Midwesterner born in Nebraska and have been at the University of Nebraska in one form or another for quite a while. What do you like best about the Midwest?James Linder 2:21As you say, I was born and raised here. And I guess I could say I like the seasons to some extent, and I certainly like working with the people. I've had just great professional interactions since I joined the faculty here in Nebraska in 1983.Gary Bisbee 2:37For those of us that aren't familiar with Nebraska, how would you describe Nebraskans?James Linder 2:43Well, I would say we're the well-deserved brunt of many jokes. You know, it's like a study, in contrast, it's a very agricultural state with expanses of land with very few people. So we've been practicing social distancing since 1869. Then we also some major metropolitan areas with huge businesses with Fortune 500...
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