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Grave to Great with Tracy Wood
12 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
42: Claire Bidwell Smith
On this week's episode of Grave to Great, Tracy sat down with Claire Bidwell Smith to discuss grief, its psychological implications, and how it is treated in mainstream culture.
19 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
41: Living Life with Purpose, with A Conversation with Tangela Johnson
On this week’s episode of Grave to Great, Tracy Wood welcomed author and North Georgia Corporate Counseling (NGCC) President and Founder Tangela Johnson to encourage female leaders to live a purposed life instead of a perfect one. In her line of work, Johnson is focused on helping people “discover their greatness” and realize what they are capable of so that they can walk with confidence. Wood and Johnson also tackled some hot-topic issues in women’s leadership.
10 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
40: Preparing for COVID this Fall
Fall is upon us, and with it comes the cold and flu season. We had all hoped that the coronavirus pandemic would be behind before we reached this point in the year again. For several months this summer, things appeared to be returning to normal, however, the Delta variant changed that. With the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing, Tracy Wood invited Alleo Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Greg Phelps to help her “Grave to Great” listeners prepare for what’s ahead.
19 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
39: Kim Shumpert
This week on Grave to Great, Tracy talked with Kim Shumpert about women in leadership.
9 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
38: Being a Woman of Color in Leadership, pt. 1
On this week’s episode of Grave to Great, Tracy Wood answered questions from viewers about being a woman of color in a leadership role. She shared that members of her audience have asked her to address some of the struggles she has faced and how she’s learned to work through challenges. Tracy took time to elaborate on some of the personal experiences she’s faced throughout her life.
13 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
37: Community Health with Katherlyn Geter
This week on Grave to Great, Tracy talked about community health with Katherlyn Geter.
27 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
36: Losing Your Stomach, but Doing It with Humor! With Kathryn Carr
Kathryn Carr is a Chattanooga, TN native who is 9 months post-op from having her entire stomach removed. She has since started a blog to share her story (https://hard-to-digest.org/) where she processes her medical journey with honesty and humor.
16 minutes | May 20, 2021
35: "A New Rhythm", Grief in all Family Members with Donna Rosado
This week on Grave to Great, Tracy sat down with Donna Rosado to talk about the many ways that grief is processed within a family.
16 minutes | May 8, 2021
34: Learning More About Wills and Advanced Directives with Attorney Dana Perry
This week on Grave to Great, Tracy Wood sat down with attorney Dana Perry of Chambliss Law to discuss end of life planning.
11 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
33: How Chaplains Help Families Through End of Life Journey
This week’s episode of Grave to Great focused on a chaplain’s role during a patient’s end-of-life journey. Tracy invited Rachel Erickson, who is a hospice chaplain with Alleo Health, to discuss how she helps patients and families spiritually and emotionally through one of the toughest times of their lives. Erickson shared that she has been asked how she does what she does because assisting hurting families is not easy. Remembering that she is not the patient or loved one in this difficult situation helps her stay focused.
11 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
32: How To Support A Loved One Who Has Received A Life-Limiting Diagnosis
On this week’s episode of Grave to Great, Tracy Wood invited Dr. Greg Phelps, Alleo Health’s Chief Medical Officer, to answer a question she received from listeners about how to talk to a loved one who has received a lift-limiting diagnosis. When a family member receives a difficult diagnosis, it can be hard to come up with the words to say. There is also the thought that the patient may not want to discuss the matter. Dr. Phelps and Tracy explored why this is not true and the best ways to talk with a patient.
28 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
31: Dr. Sunita Puri
In today’s podcast, Tracy Wood has a conversation with Dr. Sunita Puri. Dr. Puri is the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California. She is also the author of That Good Night, which chronicles her journey to palliative care medicine and her experiences growing up as the daughter of “very spiritual immigrants from India.”
18 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
30: Why Are We So Afraid of Death?
In today’s podcast, Tracy spoke with Susan Latta, the Director of Grief Counseling at Alleo Health, about a topic many people like to avoid: death. Everyone knows they will die at some point, but it is not something people like to talk about in a casual conversation. Death plays a major role in Susan’s job. She talked with Tracy about why humans have this fear.
7 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
29: Caregiver Fatique
As you might remember from previous episodes, Alleo Health RN Juliean Borin’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she has been caring for him alongside other family members. In today’s episode, Tracy talks with Juliean about caregiver fatigue that she has witnessed professionally and experienced personally.
5 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
28: My Mother, My Inspiration
To wrap up Women’s History Month, Tracy is reflecting on a woman that is her biggest inspiration: her mother.
9 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
27: Women’s History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month (March 2021), Tracy Wood shares some women that have inspired her personally and professionally. Rosa Parks While Tracy has never met Rosa Parks personally, Parks’s strength and courage have inspired Tracy throughout her life. “It takes courage to be a great leader. Sometimes it takes so much courage that you are risking your livelihood,” said Tracy. Parks took action, and Tracy acknowledges that sometimes as a leader, you have to take action, even when it’s difficult. Brené Brown Brené Brown’s phrase “Clear is kind” serves as an inspiration for Tracy as she makes difficult decisions in a male-dominated industry as a woman of color. She loves this quote because it shows how standing up for what you believe in a clear and kind way can make a difference. Vice President Kamala Harris For the first time ever, our country has a woman serving as Vice President. “It warms my heart that girls of all colors can see a woman having a seat at the table,” said Tracy. She is encouraged because Vice President Harris shows how far we have come as a country. “I look forward to telling my grandchildren that I got to watch our country’s first female Vice-President be inaugurated in January 2021,” said Tracy. Tangela Johnson Tangela is an entrepreneur in the Chattanooga area. “She spends a lot of time coaching leaders and strengthening the presence of diversity and equity,” said Tracy. Some of the other women Tracy shared about as her inspiration were Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey, two women of color who have made history in their own spheres of influence. “Women are making a difference,” said Tracy. “Women are advancing in our communities, our country, and it is a great time for dreams to come true. Women moving through history is just another example of going from Grave to Great.”
8 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
26: Supporting Team Members
In an early episode, Tracy Wood talked about how important it is to support team members who “empty their bucket every day.” In today’s episode, Tracy revisits this idea and shares her thoughts on how leaders in the hospice and palliative care field can best support the team members that are working with clients, families, and behind the scenes.
16 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
25: Nostalgia & Grief with Susan Latta
On today’s podcast, Tracy Wood talks with Susan Latta, the Director of Grief Counseling at Alleo Health, about the role that nostalgia prior to the death of a loved one plays in the grief process.
13 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
24: Navigating the Healthcare System with Dr. Phelps
In today’s episode of Grave to Great, Tracy talks with Dr. Phelps about navigating the healthcare system. Dr. Phelps shared his thoughts on how consumers can interact better with the healthcare system and ways to make it work for them.
12 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
23: Self Care, Mental Health, and Intentional Healing with Joyre Montgomery
Joyre Montgomery is the owner of Intentional Healing Empowerment Center. Intentional Healing Empowerment Center opened in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. Joyre is an advocate for mental health, therapy, and self-care, and today she and Tracy Wood talk about some of the types of therapy used at the Intentional Healing Empowerment Center and how Joyre is working to destigmatize therapy, as well as sharing some fun ideas for self-care.
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