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SHM's Awards of Excellence Honor the Best in Hospital Medicine

Five Hospitalists and One Care Team Receive SHM's Highest Award at HM13

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (May 17, 2013) —The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) presented its Awards of Excellence to five hospitalists and one hospital care team at its annual meeting today near Washington, DC.

SHM's Awards of Excellence honor the best practices in the growing specialty in fields like quality improvement, research, teaching and teamwork.

"We are thrilled to honor this year's award winners. Not only do they exemplify the very best in hospital medicine, they are also leading the way for thousands of other of hospitalists across the country," says Jack Percelay, MD, SFHM, MPH, FAAP, chair of SHM's Awards Committee. "These are not just personal achievements, they are achievements for the entire specialty – and they are a great representation of the depth and diversity of hospital medicine."

The 2013 SHM Awards of Excellence recipients are:

Award for Clinical Excellence: Tierza M. Stephan, MD, FACP, SFHM of Allina Health for her work in creating new models for improving clinical practices for hospitalists. She has played a vital role in the development and maintenance of a number of tools designed to make a significant impact on the patient experience, including a "Top 10 List to Improve Communication with Patients" and a monthly patient experience newsletter.

Award for Excellence in Research: Jeffrey Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital for his track record in uniting the often separate worlds of quality improvement and clinical trial research. In addition to earning eight Awards of Excellence from Partners Heatlhcare, he has been an investigator on 24 funded studies and served as the Principal Investigator SHM's first large federal research grant, a $1.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Award for Excellence in Teaching: Bradley Sharpe, MD, FACP, SFHM of the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Sharpe earned this year's award for his continued role in teaching at national meetings, presentations at the Academic Hospitalist Academy, multiple peer-reviewed publications and scholarly work. He has also been recognized with the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award.

Award for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine: Patrick J. Torcson, MD, MMM, SFHM of St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, La for his advocacy on behalf of hospitalists and hospitals for quality and performance in healthcare. Dr. Torcson has distinguished himself as a national leader in hospital value-based purchasing and helped hospitalists better understand the concept through SHM's Value-Based Toolkit.

Award for Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement: The INTERdisciplinary Approaches to Communication and Teamwork (INTERACT) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for improving teamwork among physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers.The INTERACT team focuses on one of the most common sites of hospital care: medical surgical units, where effective communication is critical, but can be difficult.

Award for Excellence in Hospital Medicine for Non-Physicians: Jeanette Kalupa, DNP, ACNP-BC, APNP of Hospitalists of Northern Michigan for her work in improving outcomes for patients and implementing best practice models in hospitalist programs. Those best practice models have reengineered patient care processes and her dedication to hospital medicine has paved the way for many other non-physician providers in the specialty.

SHM is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Awards of Excellence, to be presented in Las Vegas. For more information, visit


Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 40,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists can contribute to decreased patient lengths of stay, reductions in hospital costs and readmission rates, and increased patient satisfaction.

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