American professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and World Cup champion Mia Hamm, said “I am a member of the team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight features a team member who understands the importance of working closely with her fellow inpatient team members. She is also extremely devoted to her patients and will go above and beyond to give them the highest quality of care. Join me in celebrating Dr. Julie Taylor, Assistant Hospitalist Director at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Murug Subbiah, Hospitalist Director and Chief of Staff, said “Dr. Taylor is a very dedicated and strong advocate for patient care. She is hard working and gets along great with all members of the team. She is a great asset to the hospitalist team and Hugh Chatham Health.” Mary Blackburn, Vice President for Care Innovation/Chief Clinical Officer, added “Dr. Taylor is always focused on excellent patient care. She works collaboratively with all members of the care team and is an exceptional mentor for new providers. She has recently stepped into a leadership role with both the hospitalist service and with the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee where her attention to detail and focus on quality outcomes is making a difference!”

Amanda Atkinson, Administration/Hospitalist Administrative Assistant, continues by saying “Dr. Taylor wants the very best for her patients. During the first COVID surge, she visited the Samaritan’s Purse hospital before agreeing to transfer patients to their facility. When she came back, she was able to make transitions less frightening by sharing with patients and families the transfer process and what to expect during their stay. She is a champion for her team and can often be found managing up her co-workers to both patients and staff who appreciate her work ethic and responsiveness. We love you, Dr. Taylor!.”

Dr. Taylor, thank you for the countless ways you have inspired your team members and for always going the extra mile for your patients. Your dedication and leadership are greatly appreciated and we are grateful to have you here at Hugh Chatham!


Q & A with Dr. Taylor

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
I had previously lived at the beach (Fort Lauderdale and then Pawley’s Island, SC) an then on a lake (near Camden, SC) and wanted to try a change to the mountains. My husband and I have been moving from big cities (Washington, D.C.) to smaller and smaller towns because we prefer this lifestyle. When I interviewed here, we fell in love with Elkin and the hospital campus.

What led you to a career in healthcare?
I told my mother at about age 4 that I wanted to be a nurse and she said, “Why don’t you become a doctor instead?” From that time on, I never had any desire to become anything else. I never had any family members who were physicians or any other physicians who were role models, so I am not sure where this inner drive came from. I have never regretted this career choice.

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
Our hospitalist team has a very focused and dedicated director in Dr. Subbiah, who along with myself, have helped to expand our hospitalist service with additional physician assistants and nurse practitioners. This is partly in response to the very high volume of inpatients we have been caring for, especially during the COVID surges. We now have an integrated team approach where each daytime physician has their own dedicated extender assigned to them each week, allowing us all to spend more quality time with each of our patients and their family members. This also allows more time for communication and reassessments. We are able to devote more of our efforts towards the patient’s medical issues, personal needs, safety, answering their questions, and we can spend more time communicating with the nursing staff and case management team to accomplish our common goals.

What do you like to do for fun?
I went to culinary school at night for a year while continuing to practice medicine, so I enjoy cooking and baking. I enjoy traveling (especially on scuba diving trips), performing yoga, swimming, and playing word games with friends.


Dr. Taylor was nominated by Paul Hammes.