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Society of Hospital Medicine Awards Three with Exclusive ‘Masters in Hospital Medicine’ Designation

SAN DIEGO—The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) today named three new Masters in Hospital Medicine at HM16, the largest meeting dedicated to the hospital medicine specialty. The Master in Hospital Medicine (MHM) designation was introduced in 2010 to honor those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in hospital medicine through excellence in the field and healthcare as a whole.

“As hospital medicine continues to evolve, we look to experts in the field to lead us into the future with their innovation and vision,” SHM President Brian Harte, MD, SFHM, says. “These accomplished individuals have played foundational roles in hospital medicine’s growth and success and continue to ensure hospitalists are equipped with the tools and resources they need to provide the highest quality of patient care.”

SHM is proud to announce the following MHMs for their outstanding contributions:

  • Tina L. Budnitz, MPH, MHM, for her leadership in advancing the hospital medicine movement and SHM. Throughout her time with SHM, Budnitz has led the development of the Core Competencies for Hospital Medicine to define the skills of a practicing hospitalist, launched Project BOOST, a mentored implementation program to improve care transitions that was recognized with the 2012 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award and assisted in the development of SHM’s Leadership Academy and Certificate of Leadership Program, designed to build the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.
  • Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, in recognition of his foundational leadership in the hospital medicine movement and SHM. Dr. Howell has been instrumental in managing and implementing change in the hospital, including conducting research on the relationship between the emergency department and medicine floors as well as improving communication, throughput and patient outcomes. A past President of SHM, Dr. Howell serves as the Senior Physician Advisor to SHM’s Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement and has mentored numerous hospitals and hospital medicine programs in more than six countries.
  • Gregory Maynard, MD, MSc, MHM, Chief Quality Officer at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, in honor of his leadership in local, regional and national quality improvement efforts and related contributions to SHM’s quality improvement programs. A longtime member of the SHM Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee, Dr. Maynard played an integral role in creating and leading SHM’s mentored implementation programs to enhance care transitions, improve glycemic control and prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE). Dr. Maynard is nationally recognized in each of these areas, making significant contributions to the medical community.

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