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Weatherby honors 2019 Locum Tenens of the Year

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Locums tenens has become a fixture of today’s healthcare landscape. Facilities around the country rely on locums providers to help meet their staffing needs, especially in rural or underserved areas.

Every year, Weatherby Healthcare recognizes a few of these outstanding physicians, based on their excellence in their specialties and as locum tenens providers. Nominated by the Weatherby consultants who work with them every day, the winners are selected based on:

  • Their passion for locum tenens
  • The quality of care they provide
  • Their service — both professionally and personally — to the communities where they work and live

According to Weatherby Healthcare President Bill Heller, “Each of the physicians who won this year’s award are exceptional. They really exemplify what great healthcare is all about — compassion, skill, and a commitment to excellence. These are the qualities our clients value most in the locums physicians we send them.”

2019 Locum Tenens of the Year Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the Weatherby Healthcare’s locum tenens of the year winners:

Dr. William L. Barrett

Dr. William L. Barrett, General Surgery

Dr. Barrett began his 25-year career as a general surgeon doing contract work on Indian reservations in Arizona and Oklahoma. He enjoys working locum tenens because it gives him the schedule flexibility to pursue the volunteer work he loves, such as working with Mercy Ships in Africa.  Dr. Barrett is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and enjoys fitness training, surfing, fly fishing, and singing. Learn how Dr. Barrett achieved independence in his career.

Dr. John Hennessee

Dr. John Hennessee, Psychiatry

Dr. Hennessee has worked over 15 different locums assignments through Weatherby Healthcare. He’s provided uncompromising care for patients in seven different states, from the single-digit temps of North Dakota to the sunny beaches of Hawaii.  Dr. Hennessee enjoys locums for the time it allows him to spend with family and to play destination golf courses across the country.  Read more about Dr. Hennessee’s locums experience.

Dr. Julie Long

Dr. Julie Long, Pediatric General Surgery

Dr. Long finds that locum tenens allows her more freedom to apply her surgical skills to help those in underserved areas. It also means more time for her volunteer missions to Rwanda with the International Organization for Women and Development, to Liberia with Doctors Without Borders, and to Bolivia with Medical Ministry International. She enjoys gardening, reading, and catching up with friends. Read how Dr. Long achieved her dream.

More facts about locum tenens

A 2019 survey conducted by Hanover Research found:

  • 35 percent of all physicians have worked locum tenens in their career
  • 73 percent of physicians are interested in working locum tenens in the future

And according to

  • 90 percent of U.S. healthcare facilities use locum tenens every year
  • 50,000 physicians work locum tenens annually
  • 21 percent of residents work locum tenens right out of training

About Weatherby Healthcare

Weatherby Healthcare is a leader in locum tenens staffing for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Established in 1995, the company is the recipient of numerous industry and workplace awards and is part of CHG Healthcare, which has ranked among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the past 10 years running.

About the author

Kevin Kealey

Kevin Kealey is a marketing writer who’s been with CHG for fourteen years. Prior to CHG, he worked as an educator, executive coach, and training consultant for 20+ years. Kevin lives with his wife, Suzanne, in South Carolina with their two German shepherds, Bailey and Blazer, and a Congo African Grey parrot who goes by the name of Sebastian.


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