Dr. Eric Forsthoefel Speaks about a Worrying Emergency Room Trend

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel is an emergency care physician active in Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2004 with a BA in Religious Studies. He then attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and in 2009 he earned his MD, after which he completed his residency requirements at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2012. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has state medical licenses for both Florida and Louisiana. He has been successfully practicing for 6 years, responding to urgent and non-urgent patient care situations in Florida’s emergency rooms.

Recently, Dr. Forsthoefel was asked to give his expert opinion on a worrying emergency room trend. A compilation of research has shown that a third of emergency room patients come in with non-urgent issues. Doctors agree that this is a major issue affecting hospitals today. Dr. Forsthoefel explained in an interview how, whether or not the situation is urgent, doctors have to give each patient the time and care they require. But this greatly reduces patient flow and makes it more difficult for patients in critical condition to quickly receive the care they need.

Doctors and researchers have examined this problem and concluded that patients are not making effective use of primary care doctors who should be treating less urgent illnesses. Often primary care appointments have a 24-hour wait, and patients would rather be seen the same day. Or the hours are inconvenient and don’t accommodate patient schedules. The solution, as proposed both by researchers and emergency room doctors like Dr. Forsthoefel, is to increase access to primary care doctors. If more primary doctors implemented evening hours, saw patients faster, and accepted insurances such as Medicaid the problem would be reduced. This would allow emergency room doctors like Dr. Forsthoefel to focus their time on treating critically ill or injured patients, while primary care physicians treat those with routine complaints.


From Financial Adviser to CEO, Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin worked as a financial adviser in the banking industry as well as owning a consulting firm. A small family owned company, Otto & Sons, was given an opportunity to become the supplier of McDonald’s in the early 1970s but was not financially capable of delivering. Sheldon was brought in as a financial adviser to help the company expand. By 1975, he had gone beyond financial adviser and was helping Otto & Sons to expand their business internationally.

Sheldon Lavin was made a partner when the father retired and soon began working full time. With the father retired and a new partner in place, the company name was changed from Otto & Sons to OSI Group. The small family owned business expanded into a broader market becoming the supplier of infamous restaurants, including McDonald’s. OSI Group expanded throughout North America and then into Europe in the 1970s. In the 1980s, it further expanded into South America and Taiwan and later into a total of 17 countries, including such places as the Philippines, China, South Africa, Japan, and Australia.

OSI Group now operates more than 65 facilities throughout the 17 countries and employs approximately 20,000 people. Sheldon credits family-oriented atmosphere as the driving factor in the low employee turnover rate. He eventually purchased the controlling interest in OSI Group and changed the image of meat and the meat processing industry. Sheldon Lavin now serves as Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, of OSI Group and retains controlling interest.

The Global Visionary Award was presented to Sheldon Lavin at a ceremony in February, 2016 by the Vision World Academy of India. This award is designated to recognize visionaries who have achieved their dreams through persistence and perseverance. Sheldon credits the people around him with helping to achieve this success. He says teamwork and a collaborative effort is what makes the company successful. Sheldon Lavin also is involved in numerous charitable organizations which help to provide for the basic needs of families who struggle with chronic illnesses.

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