The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) created the Awards of Excellence Program to honor its members whose exemplary contributions to the hospital medicine movement merit acknowledgment and celebration. In honor of their achievements, recipients of each Award of Excellence receive an all-expense paid trip to SHM’s annual meeting.
Award recipients also receive recognition on stage in front of friends, family, and colleagues at SHM’s annual meeting, in The Hospitalist, and on www.hospitalmedicine.org.
Congratulations to this year’s winners:
Mark Thoelke, MD, SFHM
Dr. Thoelke became the first hospitalist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1998 and helped form the Hospital Medicine Division of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2000, one of the first divisions in the U.S. The division is now composed of 70 physicians and eight nurse practitioners and consistently turns in superior performances on clinical outcomes as measured by UnitedHealthcare. The division has led the way with innovations in care models and teaching models and was one of the first to offer a sub-internship experience on the non-teaching service and one of the first to offer co-management with their oncology service in 2002. Dr. Thoelke still spends two-thirds of his time on clinical services and states that his job satisfaction comes largely from patient care and teaching.
Bijay Acharya, MBBS, MD
Dr. Acharya works as a hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is currently completing the Harvard Medical School/CRICO Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality. His humanitarian work started when he was in medical school, where he led many health camps in extremely poor villages, ran blood-donation drives, and established the poor-patient fund. After graduation, Dr. Acharya, with his friends, worked to establish a nonprofit clinic named NyayaHealth (now Possible) to serve the healthcare needs of a very remote district in rural Nepal. Prior to the clinic, there was no physician for more than a quarter million people. Recently, after the massive earthquake in Nepal, Dr. Acharya led the relief efforts for the earthquake victims. Dr. Acharya strongly believes in the capacity of hospitalists to be strong advocates for their patients, peers, and communities, both locally and globally.
Tiffani M. Panek, MA, SFHM, CLHM
Panek is the hospitalist administrator for the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. She is a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine and has also received her Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine (CLHM) from SHM. She has been at Johns Hopkins for more than 12 years and has been instrumental in the significant growth and success of the Division of Hospital Medicine. Within SHM, she has been a member of the Practice Administrators Committee for three years and was recently elected to a two-year term as vice president of SHM’s Maryland Chapter. She is the first administrator to be elected to chapter leadership, to receive the CLHM, and to have an abstract accepted at an SHM annual meeting.
Thomas McIlraith, MD, SFHM, CLHM
Dr. McIlraith is the chairman of the Hospital Medicine Department at Mercy Medical Group in Sacramento, Calif. He improved patient flow between admissions and rounding with a novel operational system called Central Coordination, and it is now the standard for the Dignity Health facilities in Sacramento. The system markedly improved ED response, on-call hospitalist stress, and patient continuity. He has led many other quality and operational improvements, including unit-based rounding, rapid-response team development, and staff restructuring to improve physician coverage. Most recently, he became a leader in the Patient Experience Movement by developing the “Cognitive/Emotional Disconnect” model for understanding patient experience in hospital medicine. He is a member of the SHM Practice Management Committee.