Associate Vice President, Communications
Society of Hospital Medicine
SHM's Awards of Excellence Honor the Best in Hospital
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
"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
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 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
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 www.hospitalmedicine.org/awards.
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.
For more information about SHM and
hospital medicine, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org.
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