Gary Pilchak, DO, President of IEP
Occasionally I like to decompress by watching TV. I recently found myself watching Shark Tank. For those of you who aren't familiar with the program, Shark Tank gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to present their ideas to the sharks in the tank -- five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. The contestants try to convince the sharks to invest money in their idea.
I thought it would be a fun exercise to pretend I was on Shark Tank pitching the sharks on IEP. How would I describe IEP? What's our elevator pitch? What makes us different?
Culture is the word I always come back to when describing IEP. Our future is demonstrated everyday by our values. Twenty years ago, our IEP founders came together to change the business of emergency medicine. The values they shared on patient care and practice management became the lightening rod that grew into IEP.
Each of the founders became IEP's "sharks" - they were willing to invest their savings into this idea because they shared the values that formed the culture that formed the business model.
Twenty years later, we now have more than 55 shareholder "sharks" who share these values by investing in our company long-term so we can grow and expand into service areas like Hospital Medicine, Observation Medicine, Long-Term Acute Care and Scribe Documentation services to meet the needs of our hospital partners. Our values still provide the guardrails for our business, our behavior and our culture.
Whether we are an internal medicine physician, an emergency physician, an advanced practice provider or a scribe, our company values guide our behavior, our interactions with each other, and our approach to patient care. These values are a reminder of who we are and why we are a part of the IEP team.