Military Spotlight: ScribeAmerica Team Member
Bradley Price: Operations Supervisor
When Bradley Price announced to his parents in 2008 that he was enlisting in the U.S. army, he did so with the goal of a future in healthcare, and in memory of his grandfathers. Both men on his paternal and maternal side served their country—one as marine, and the other an Army Ranger.
He assured his parents of the plan to serve in a healthcare related field in the Air Force, perhaps combat medicine, as a foundation for his career. He knew the experience would be transformative, and that the Air Force also provided subsidized college funding when he completed his tours of duty. He enlisted and waited to begin basic training, excited to start his healthcare career by learning all there was to know about combat medicine.
Needless to say, he was quite surprised when he found out his assignment. Price would join the Munitions and Explosives division, learning the full range of the United States advanced artillery capabilities and innovations in Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection. Being assigned to the bomb and missile squad was a departure from his original plan, “I thought I would be a physician’s assistant,” recalls Price. “I never imagined I’d be making bombs.” The experience would not be the last time he learned how to adapt and excel in the face of unexpected changes.
Price attributes Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas with preparing him for the transition from civilian to military life. “In a way, it’s like you see on TV, soldiers crawling in the mud, but even more difficult,” he remembers. “The experience definitely teaches you discipline, comradery and tests your will.”
Part of his ten-week experience training for the Munitions and Explosives division was being exposed to tear gas without a gas mask on week seven. “It really burns,” he laughs in hindsight, understanding that his original exposure to the hazardous gas was a critical tactical training technique. “It allowed us to experience the dangers we may face first hand, so that you are truly prepared.”
After Basic Training, Price was assigned to a crew primarily responsible for ensuring munitions were properly maintained and supervised repairs. As a member of the 5th Munitions Squadron team Price also took on the unexpected leadership role of football coach. Although there was not a Munitions Squadron team, he created one, and led them to the championship game where they were runners up to the Special Forces Squad. “I kept thinking, how can I motivate my team to beat Special Forces?,” says Price. The answer was through researching coaching techniques, and a lot of determination.
Price was deployed to Qatar in 2010 where he was stationed at a base and responsible for securing the perimeter from explosives. Although being in the desert heat could affect your motivation, as a process driven thinker, he identified a discrepancy in their systematic approach of sweeping the premises for explosives. The mistake could have led to a detonated bomb, and cost lives. The discovery and subsequent modification in the process earned Price the Air Force Silver Achievement Medal, the United States Armed Forces medal that commends outstanding achievement above the call of duty.
Today, having completed an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2017, Price is a proud veteran and a passionate healthcare professional. Beginning with Elite Medical Scribes, he was promoted from scribe to Chief Scribe and remained in leadership when the company was acquired by ScribeAmerica last year. “I had recently studied mergers and acquisitions, and could anticipate the needs of my team during the transition,” says Price.
As the ScribeAmerica Operations Supervisor he utilizes the leadership skills from his service to manage scribe programs. He found his way to healthcare after all, and is thankful for the discipline and teamwork he learned during his service. Although he is no longer analyzing the threat of explosive devices, he is still in the business of touching lives by freeing doctors from the administrative burdens of today’s healthcare environment. On a recent trip to visit a site, the provider’s wife approached him and said, “Thank you, I got my husband back.”