As the Medical Director at Story Medical, Dr. Art Check plays a critical role in ensuring providers have input into medical center clinic operations, and into setting strategic direction. He says it is a role he relishes.
“It’s very informational to serve as a member of the leadership team,” Dr. Check says. “It opens your eyes to medicine in a different way. It provides me an understanding that makes me a better provider.”
In addition to attending meetings of the Story Medical leadership team and Board of Trustees, Dr. Check serves as a liaison between the medical staff and the board and leadership team. He has completed a physician leadership course offered by UnityPoint Health, of which Story Medical is an affiliate.
“The physician leadership course was well worth the time,” Dr. Check says. The curriculum offered a combination of online and onsite courses on areas impacting the management of clinics and medical centers. “The way physicians practice is constantly changing. This intensive program allowed me to develop additional skills and tools to help providers at Story Medical effectively manage that changing landscape and remain on the leading edge in the way they are providing care to patients.”
Dr. Check says getting an intimate view of the management of the clinic and medical center helps him in his family medicine practice at Story Medical’s Nevada Clinic.
“It constantly pushes me to work on helping my patients understand their role in healthcare,” he says. “Empowered patients are partners in care with the physician, nurses and others. And the more we partner the better outcomes we can expect.”