Tips for Sporting Clays: Daily Practice

After a distinguished tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of Skaggs Regional Medical Center, Stephen Erixon has served as the Interim CEO at both Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and Rainy Lake Medical Center. When not overseeing medical facilities, Steve Erixon enjoys a variety of sports, including skiing and shooting sporting clays. Like any athletic activity, shooting clays requires a significant amount of practice. The best shooters work practicing into their daily routine. Practice does not require going to the range. Instead, individuals can easily practice in their own homes. In fact, practicing positions in front of a mirror ensure proper posture, stance, and movements. One of the most important motions to practice is swinging and mounting the gun. Of course, individuals should always ensure that the guy is unloaded before practicing. When swinging, a shooter should stand straight without tilting his or her head. Ideally, individuals use short, calculated motions with both hands. One should choose a single position to start from and attempt an equal swing and mount each time. Shooters must mount the gun to the face, rather than the shoulder.


Stephen Erixon Discusses Symphony of the Mountains

Founded in 1946, Symphony of the Mountains has entertained residents of Kingsport, Tennessee, and the surrounding area with music for nearly 70 years. Originally known as the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains held its first rehearsal with just 27 musicians. This number nearly doubled soon after. Its first concert was free for the public, and all of the performers volunteered their services. Over the next several years, the entity expanded its offerings with pop, light, and classical music performances.

In the 1960s, Symphony of the Mountains created the Kingsport Symphony Youth Orchestra to provide young musicians with the opportunity to express themselves. Another major milestone occurred in the early 2000s when it combined with two local choirs.

Today, this organization runs events throughout the year. To access its calendar and learn about upcoming concerts, please visit

About the Author:

Board certified in Healthcare Management and the former Chief Executive Officer of Baxter Regional Medical Center and Skaggs Regional Medical Center, Stephen Erixon donates to Symphony of the Mountains.

Tips to Reduce Effects of Coming Physician Shortage

If current trends continue, the health care industry could face a shortage of primary care physicians, according to an article in Becker’s Hospital Review. However, health systems and hospitals can take steps to alleviate some of the short-term problems associated with the issue before longer-term solutions take hold.

Citing the opinions of a representative of the CSC’s Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices, the article touched on three strategies that could provide relatively quick relief. One step advocated by consultants is increased hiring of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. This would reduce the workload of primary care physicians and ease the effects of the shortage.

Second, hospitals and health systems should pay close attention to retaining the physicians currently on staff. A third move to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with a coming shortage of physicians is to improve work-flow efficiency. Increased efficiency reduces costs and improves morale, both of which play a role in recruitment and retention.

About Stephen Erixon:

With nearly 20 years of experience as a health care executive, Steve Erixon was named Most Valuable Political Action Committee Player by the American Hospital Association in 2008.