Like all of you, everyone at LocumsMart has been thinking a lot lately about all of our friends and colleagues in the Houston area and South Florida affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these storms.
It’s these sorts of tragedies that really test our industry. The entire locum tenens industry exists to fill temporary staffing shortages, and ensuring continuity of care during supply disruptions caused by tragedy is just the nature of the business. So it’s absolutely great to see that, even in times of great need, our Vendors not only are able to up their game to fill more needs, but even more impressively, they always put patient care first. Even as the laws of supply and demand caused gasoline prices to skyrocket in the affected areas, the LocumsMart Member Vendors demonstrated that ensuring continuity of care, regardless of the economics, is their number one goal.
Here’s one example. Memorial Hermann is one of the largest health systems in the Houston area, and it is on the front lines of helping the affected population there after Hurricane Harvey struck. Glenda Johnston handles physician recruitment for Memorial Hermann and is a LocumsMart User. Some of our vendors reached out to Glenda with clinical volunteers who were willing to provide patient care services at no cost. Glenda then reached out to LocumsMart to see if there may be others willing to assist.
You can never really prepare for the sort of devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Memorial Hermann was looking for volunteers willing to work pro bono.
LocumsMart was able to get her open-ended job posted to Vendors quickly, and the response was overwhelming. In just 72 hours, our Vendors presented Glenda with 39 different Bids. Many of our trusted Vendors stepped up and found volunteer physicians in this time of need.
I’m very proud to work with so many great Vendors, and by extension so many great Providers, who really take the Hippocratic Oath to heart. It’s great to see that the LocumsMart Member Community was able to come together in a time of great need, and use LocumsMart’s web-based tools that were designed to be used in a Free Market, and instead use them—without economic incentive—to ensure the affected population had access to care. Since I’ve personally known so many of our Users for a number of years, I really never expected anything less, but it is still extremely gratifying to witness how quickly everyone stepped up to help strangers in a time of need.