2024 UCA Award Winner Webinar Series


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Join us for 3 live sessions: July 18, July 25, and August 6 at 1:00 PM EST.

Our 2024 Award Winner Series highlights UCA’s 2024 award recipients and topics near and dear to their professional passions.

The series will be available as an on-demand download 48 hours after live webinar.

July 18- Exploring the Differential Diagnosis for the New Urgent Care Provider presented by Graig Straus DNP, APRN, CEN, FF/NREMT, FCUCM

This short program will break down the concept of differential diagnosis into a structured process. It’s designed to guide the new provider in expanding their ability to gather the HPI and Review of Systems to better come to a proper working diagnosis. Whether your a seasoned provider who is an educator, a clinical preceptor, or a new provider yourself, the concepts presented in this session will expand your ability to properly assess your patient and hopefully provide a better understanding of differential diagnosis and approach to care.

July 25 – The Triumphs of Advocacy presented by Gerry Cvitanovich, MD

Hear how UCA members Ochsner and Premier Health established the Private Radiologic Tech (PRT) Program in Louisiana.

August 6- Leadership: What It Takes to Make a Difference presented by Chris Nugent, MBA, CRA, RT(R)(CT)

Join us for actionable insights and practical advice to enhance your leadership skills and drive meaningful change in your organization. Learn from an experienced leader about developing a clear vision, communicating goals effectively, and empowering your team. Explore the balance between traditional and servant leadership, building strong relationships, and embodying key traits such as integrity, adaptability, and resilience.


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Full Description

July 18 – 1:00 PM EST

2024 Humanitarian Awardee

Graig Straus, DNP, APRN, FCUCM serves as the President and Founder of Rockland Urgent Care Family Health NP, P.C. Since its opening in September 2015, he has expanded his practice to multiple sites in New York State. For the past seven years, Graig has been actively involved in a multi-national medical mission to Uman, Ukraine, where he serves as the American Liaison to the Uman Emergency Clinic. During his time in Ukraine, Graig not only cares for the local community but also for the thousands of people gathering for religious pilgrimages. He has been present during critical events such as the measles outbreak, COVID-19 outbreak, and even now during the ongoing war. Additionally, while on his missions, he participates in ongoing emergency training with the local community to ensure they are well equipped with the latest knowledge in emergency medical care. When Graig is not overseeing his Urgent Care facilities or contributing to missions in Ukraine, he dedicates time to volunteering in his local community. With over 25 years in emergency services, he serves as an EMT/Ex-Captain of the Spring Hill Community Ambulance Corps and as a Medical Officer/Engineer with the Monsey Fire Department.


July 25 – 1:00 PM EST

2024 Advocacy Awardee

Gerry Cvitanovich, MD: Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich (aka Dr. Gerry) has been involved in Urgent Care for over 20 years and has experience in multiple different Urgent Care scenarios. He started with a stand-alone clinic in Kenner Louisiana and opened a second location 3 years later. His centers were the first non-system owned centers in the country to achieve Joint Commission Accreditation. Eventually, he took a private equity investment, renamed the company MHM Urgent Care, and went through rapid expansion including adding occupational medicine. In 2017, MHM was sold to the Ochsner Health system, and Dr. Gerry now serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Ochsner. His responsibilities include operational and administrative support for Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Student Health, Employee Health, and Executive Health. Dr. Gerry has been a member of the UCA since 2003, was elected to the UCA Board in 2022, and currently serves as Treasurer. He’s involved in both the Bylaws committee and the Advocacy committee. Outside of Urgent Care, Dr Gerry has been the elected Coroner for Jefferson Parish, a community of 425,000 people since 2012, and is the current President of the Louisiana State Coroner’s Assn. Additionally, he and his family own Drago’s Seafood Restaurants, which has 6 locations. Dr. Gerry and his wife Heidi have four children. He’s a big sports fan and is also a lover of all things Mardi Gras. He was King of the Argus Parade in 1998, and currently is a member of the Krewe of Hermes. You can see Dr Gerry in an all-male dancing group called the Dead Rock Stars that performs in the Muses Parade every year.

August 6 – 1:00 PM EST

2024 Rising Star Awardee

Chris Nugent, MBA, CRA, RT(R)(CT), is the Director of Radiology for PM Pediatric Care. Chris worked his way up the leadership ladder in the hospital setting, starting as Lead CT Technologist, then supervisor, and finally, Manager of Radiology. Along the way, Chris earned his Master of Business Administration and gained the Certified Radiology Administrator designation. In 2022, Chris took the next step in his career, accepting the Director of Radiology role at PM Pediatric Care. Since starting with PM, Chris has successfully updated many pieces of X-ray equipment throughout the company, hired a team of Regional Lead Rad Techs, and has worked to standardize radiology polices/procedures across the domain. He rolled out a limited X-ray licensure program in states that allow and continually keeps innovation at the forefront. Chris quickly realized that the shortage of Radiologic Technologists to work in the Urgent Care setting is a detriment to the industry, impacting our ability to provide vital radiology services to our communities. Alongside organizations like UCA, NERUCA, and others, Chris has been a staunch advocate for new legislation/changes in legislation in various states which would provide a pathway toward limited x-ray licensure for existing staff. Chris was born with cerebral palsy and has been told many times throughout his life that “he can’t” or “won’t be able to” achieve something because of his perceived disability. This has only fueled his passion to overcome obstacles and resistance to change. He brings this drive to both PM and the Urgent Care industry, advocating for innovation and positive change.

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Gerry Cvitanovich, Graig Straus, Chris Nugent




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