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Weatherby Healthcare announces 2017 Locum Tenens of the Year award winners

We’re excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Locum Tenens of the Year award.

Each year, approximately 40,000 locum tenens physicians provide healthcare to millions of patients across the country, often in rural and underserved communities that have a difficult time staffing full-time physicians.

By hiring locum tenens, healthcare facilities ensure patients have access to much needed care.

“We created this award to recognize physicians whose work often goes unnoticed because of the temporary nature of their assignments,” says Weatherby Healthcare president Bill Heller. “These award winners exemplify the best characteristics of locum tenens – quality, compassion, and caring.”

Physicians were nominated for the award by the Weatherby Healthcare consultants who work directly with doctors throughout their locum tenens assignments. Award winners were chosen by the company’s executive team based on the physician’s passion for locum tenens, the quality of care they provide, and the service they offer in the community, either personally or professionally.

This year’s winners

Dr. Greg Carr, Psychiatry
Dr. Carr loves working in underserved communities. He has been working locum tenens since 2012, primarily at various hospitals in Arizona. The staff at these facilities regularly praise him for his willingness to help out, regardless of where he is assigned or what challenge he is faced with. Read more

Dr. Simran KalraDr. Simran Kalra, Pediatrics
Over the past five years, Dr. Kalra has worked locum tenens in Virginia, Maryland and New York, ensuring patients in rural areas receive quality care. Recently, when a hospital’s pediatric unit was at risk of being closed due to lack of physician coverage, Dr. Kalra stepped in at a moment’s notice to offer her services because she knew it was best for the patients. Read more

Dr. Demetri Poulis, General Surgery
There is very little that is temporary about Dr. Poulis’ locum tenens work. In 2016, he provided healthcare facilities with nearly 250 days of coverage. He was willing to make 39 roundtrips to and from assignments because of his passion for his craft and the patients he serves. Read more

Quick facts about locum tenens

According to

  • 40,000 physicians work locum tenens annually
  • Locum tenens work in all 50 states
  • 90 percent of U.S. healthcare facilities use locum tenens every year
  • 80 percent of locum tenens physicians say these temporary assignments are as, or more, rewarding than a permanent position
  • 20 percent of residents work locum tenens right out of training

About Weatherby Healthcare

Established in 1995, Weatherby Healthcare is an expert in locum tenens staffing for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The company is also a winner of numerous industry and workplace awards. Weatherby Healthcare is part of CHG Healthcare Services, which ranks No. 20 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. To learn more, visit


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