Practice Manager of the Month

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The HST team is about “professionals dedicated to the success of medical practices.” Each month, we recognize a practice manager who shares our passion and success in doing this, and provide you her or his advice.

DeeDee Varner
Cobb Pediatrics

Dee Dee is an example of a practice manager that is greatly respected by her doctors, colleagues and vendors. “I love my job because every day is different,” Dee said. “I am constantly challenged and never get bored. Although I began my career in healthcare, I took a hiatus and practiced real estate for several years. I was very successful and thoroughly enjoyed it, but realized that healthcare is where I am meant to be.

“The past two and half years at Cobb Pediatrics have been the best in the 15 years that I have been here now,” said Dr. Robert Forbes. “Dee Dee came into this practice and turned us around from certain demise to making us viable and thrive. She has challenged the way we did things and has improved them. She thinks outside the box that we were used to and pushes us to do better. She has become the life-blood of our practice!”

Offering advice to her colleagues about being a successful practice manager, Dee Dee explained, “Don’t get comfortable and don’t be afraid of change. Whether we like it or not, healthcare is rapidly changing. If you want your practice to thrive, you have to be willing to evolve and make changes. I am always looking for ways that we can improve our Practice.”

Dee Dee also recommends, “Lead by example. if you want excellence and enthusiasm from your staff, model excellence and enthusiasm in everything you do. Be energetic and your energy will be contagious. The manager sets the tone for the entire organization.”

“My dad was a great role model and instilled this in me at a very early age. He taught me to be accountable, to always do my best and that a strong work ethic is essential to success in any profession.”

And yes, Dee Dee has a personal life. “I’m an animal advocate and have three rescue dogs- Cash, Stella, & Bluebell. I’m also actively involved with the non-profit “Jacob’s Color Link Initiative”, and volunteer with them in Haiti each summer at a holistic camp for children with disabilities.”

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