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SHM Honors the Very Best in Hospital Medicine at Its Annual Meeting

March 24, 2014

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Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for hospitalists and their patients.

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More than 3,000 Hospitalists Gather to Celebrate Leadership, Excellence in the Hospital Medicine Movement

Together with more than 3,000 hospitalists at its annual meeting, the Society of Hospital Medicine will celebrate the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence and three new Masters in Hospital Medicine, the highest honor in hospital medicine. They will be honored in a special plenary session at Hospita Medicine 2014 on Wednesday, March 26, along with SHM's first-ever chapter award-winners.

Hospital Medicine 2014 will be the largest event in the history of the hospital medicine movement. And the specialty continues to grow; SHM estimates that there are now more than 44,000 hospitalists nationwide.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of the many hospitalists who are moving the specialty forward and demonstrating how all hospitalists can provide exceptional care for hospitalized patients,” said SHM President Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, who will present the awards and the certificates for the Masters in Hospital Medicine.
“In a new era of American healthcare, hospitalists have become one of the greatest advocates for improvement within the hospital and SHM looks forward to providing them with the resources to make those changes for the better.”

SHM's 2014 Awards of Excellence

Each year, SHM recognizes the best practices in a number of fields within the growing specialty of hospital medicine through its Awards of Excellence. In 2014, SHM is also introducing a seventh award: the SHM Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award.

  • Kenneth Simone, DO, SFHM, President of Hospitalist and Practice Solutions, located in Veazie, Maine, is the 2014 recipient of SHM's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine. This award recognizes exceptional service within the discipline of hospital medicine. Dr. Simone's innovative approach to hospital medicine has had a broad national impact by working to increase the growth, development and success of the hospital medicine specialty.
  • Joshua Metlay, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston has been chosen as the winner of the 2014 Excellence in Research Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a researcher in the field of hospital medicine. Dr. Metlay's research focuses on areas important to hospitalists and their patients: the epidemiology and improved treatment of respiratory tract infections.
  • Melissa L. P. Mattison, MD, FACP, SFHM, Associate Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston will receive the 2014 Award for Clinical Excellence, an award that recognizes exemplary clinical service in hospital medicine. As a geriatrician and hospitalist, Dr. Mattison focuses her research and clinical innovation efforts on improving care for hospitalized elders. She is at the forefront by developing best practices for implementation of clinical innovations to benefit older, hospitalized patients.
  • Daniel Dressler, MD, MSc, FACP, SFHM has been selected as the 2014 recipient of SHM's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Dressler serves as Professor of Medicine, Hospital Medicine Associate Division Director for Education and Director of Internal Medicine Teaching Services at Emory University Hospital; Associate Program Director for the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program; and Medical Student Simmelweis Society Advisor at Emory University's School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The Award for Excellence in Teaching is earned by hospitalists who have demonstrated outstanding teaching acumen, serving as educators, role models, and mentors to other hospitalists, residents, medical students, or healthcare professionals.
  • Michelle (Mikkii) Swanson, DNP, MSN, RN, ACM, SFHM, Director of Hospitalist Services at Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (CHS) in Franklin, Tennessee will receive the 2014 Excellence in Hospital Medicine for Non-Physicians Award. This honor is reserved for those committed and talented professionals — including those with the Doctor of Nursing Practice designation — who contribute significantly to the success of the hospital medicine team, but are not physicians.
  • The Improving Adherence to Evidence-Based Recommendations for Common Serious Childhood Infections team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is the 2014 recipient of SHM's Award of Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement. The team, led by Samir S. Shah, MD, MSCE, FHM, at the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is being presented this award for their commitment to enhancing teamwork among physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in an effort to ultimately improve outcomes for hospitalized patients.
  • Patience Reich, MD, SFHM, has been selected as the first-ever recipient of SHM's Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Service. This award is intended to highlight the volunteer effort SHM members provide to at-risk populations above and beyond the hospital care provided to patients and their families during daily activities as hospitalists. Dr. Reich's humanitarian work spans her medical career and consists of providing medical care and service to Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the United States and to Haiti, where she will be returning in April 2014 with four professional colleagues and 25 medical students from Wake Forest School of Medicine.

2014 Masters in Hospital Medicine: Drs. Conway, Pantilat and Percelay

Each year, SHM awards the Masters in Hospital Medicine – its highest honor – to a select group of hospitalists who have uniquely distinguished themselves through their contributions to hospital medicine and healthcare as a whole. Considered the “Hall of Fame” of the hospital medicine movement, the 2014 Masters join thirteen other MHMs in the specialty for a total of 16 Masters.

  • Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, MHM, Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has been elected a Master in Hospital Medicine in recognition of his tireless commitment to reshaping the nation's healthcare system to provide exceptional care to hospitalized patients – and all Americans. He is also serves as Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality; Director, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality for CMS.
  • Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, MHM has been elected a Master in Hospital Medicine, in honor of his foundational leadership in the hospital medicine movement and his pioneering work in improving care for seriously ill and dying patients and those at the end of life. He is the Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program.
  • Jack Martin Percelay, MD, MPH, MHM, has been elected a Master in Hospital Medicine, in recognition of his national leadership in shaping of the pediatric hospital medicine specialty and his ability to advance the concerns of hospitalized children and hospitalists everywhere. Dr. Percelay is a pediatric intensive care hospitalist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey and teaches in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the Pace University College of Health Professions in New York City.

Like SHM's Fellows in Hospital Medicine (FHM) and Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine (SFHM), the Masters in Hospital Medicine have earned the right to append “MHM” to their names as a designation.

New Board Leadership

As part of its governance process, SHM members elect new directors to its Board of Directors. This year, SHM is pleased to welcome to the Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Ron Greeno, founder of Cogent Healthcare and Cogent's Executive VP of Strategy and Innovation
  • Dr. Danielle Scheurer, clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina

The Hospital Medicine Movement: Growing in Scope, Impact

  • SHM now estimates that there are more than 44,000 hospitalists in 2014.
  • In 2014, it is estimated that hospitalists have a presence at 72% of US hospitals, with an average group size of 12.3 physicians.
  • In the ten year period 2003 to 2012 the percentage of hospitals with hospitalists has more than doubled. The overall penetration of hospitals with hospital medicine groups grew from 29% to 66%.
  • In the ten year period 2003 to 2012, the number of hospitalists grew from 11,159 to 38,114.
  • Since the development of SHM's award-winning Mentored Implementation program, 423 hospitals nationwide have adopted the model to address some of the most pressing hospital-based healthcare issues, such as readmissions, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and glycemic control. SHM's implementation guides on these issues have been downloaded more than 9,500 times.
  • Research published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine in 2013 showed that SHM's Project BOOST has helped reduce readmissions among hospitals collecting and reporting data.