'Podnosis': Gun violence's toll on hospitals and how investors are approaching the current market

Gun violence is a topic of heated conversation across the country, and the healthcare industry is no exception. A report from the Government Accountability Office documented that each year there are about 30,000 inpatient hospital stays and 50,000 emergency department visits—all because of firearms. In June, the shooting at a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ended with five dead and a renewed focus on firearm safety in healthcare settings. Numerous studies show that during the pandemic, there was an increase in verbal and physical violence against healthcare providers. Fierce Healthcare's Dave Muoio chats with Nigel Girgrah, M.D., chief wellness officer at Ochsner Health, to talk about how that emotional toll impacts care in hospitals and what organizations should be doing to support their workforce’s mental health.

Also on the podcast is venture capitalist Deena Shakir talking to Fierce's Anastassia Gliadkovskaya through how investors are approaching the current market and what healthcare companies can be doing to attract their attention. All eyes are on the economy as the U.S. enters a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other parts of the world, the country is teetering on the edge of a recession. Interest rates are up in an attempt to curb inflation. Stocks have plummeted, M&A transactions have slowed and venture capital funding is also more restrained. 

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