Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers in Hospital Medicine, January 2015


This month, The Hospitalist features new appointments, promotions, awards, and achievements of hospital medicine physicians and healthcare industry professionals.

Dr. Carlson

Dr. Carlson

Douglas Carlson, MD, FAAP, SFHM, has been appointed professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Ill. Dr. Carlson is a pediatric hospitalist who served as director of the pediatric hospitalist medicine division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Carlson currently serves as co-chair of the SHM Pediatric Committee, as well as Workforce Taskforce Leader for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Leadership Committee and chair of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine National Conference Planning Committee.

Dr. Epstein

Dr. Epstein

Howard Epstein, MD, FHM, has been appointed executive vice president and chief medical officer at PreferredOne, a health services and insurance provider based in Golden Valley, Minn. Dr. Epstein comes to PreferredOne from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) in Bloomington, where he served as chief health systems officer. An SHM board member, Dr. Epstein previously helped found the hospital medicine and palliative care programs at Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Medical Group in St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Hall

Dr. Hall

Les Hall, MD, has been appointed executive dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, as well as CEO of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group in Columbia, S.C. Prior to his role at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Hall served as associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and chief medical officer of the University of Missouri Health System in Columbia, Mo. Dr. Hall is a practicing hospitalist and an active member of SHM, and he has continued to care for patients throughout his career as a healthcare leader.

Liesbet Jansen, MD, was awarded the 2014 Dr. Alexander MacIntyre Award of Excellence by the Alliston (Ontario, Canada) and Area Physician Recruitment Committee for demonstrating excellence in medical practice and commitment to the local community. Dr. Jansen serves as a hospitalist and chief of family medicine at Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Jansen

Dr. Jeppesen

Hans Jeppesen, MD, is the new chief of hospital medicine at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) in Salem, Mass. In addition to overseeing the hospitalist team at NSMC, Dr. Jeppesen will also be responsible for caring for inpatients at NSMC Salem and Union (Lynn, Mass.) Hospitals. Before joining NSMC, Dr. Jeppesen served as chief of hospitalist services at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass.


Dr. Kislak

Todd Kislak is the new chief development officer for Hospitalists Now, Inc. (HNI), a national physician management company based in Austin, Texas. In his new role, Kislak is responsible for sales and business development as well as marketing for HNI. Kislak formerly served as vice president of marketing and development for IPC The Hospitalist Company, based in North Hollywood, Calif.

Dr. London

Dr. London

Kelly London, PA-C, has been awarded Non-Physician Hospitalist of the Year by the Maryland chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine. London is the first nonphysician provider to receive the award, and was nominated along with other qualified nurse practitioners and physician assistants throughout Maryland. London serves on the hospitalist team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, managed by MDICS (Physicians Inpatient Care Specialists), in Annapolis, Md.


Dr. Miraglia

Jennifer Miraglia is the new executive director for the Chicago region of IPC The Hospitalist Company, a national hospital medicine management company based in North Hollywood, Calif. Before coming to IPC, Miraglia worked as regional vice president of operations for RehabCare, a division of Kindred Healthcare based in Louisville, Ky. IPC manages hospitalist services in over 400 hospitals across the United States.

Dr. Pantilat

Dr. Pantilat

Steven Pantilat, MD, MHM, FAAHPM, recently was awarded the Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award by the California Hospital Association Board of Trustees for his work on improving the quality of palliative care services in California. Dr. Pantilat is the founding director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Palliative Care Program, and director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center. Dr. Pantilat is a past president of SHM and currently works as a professor of clinical medicine at UCSF.

Business Moves

Sound Physicians, based in Tacoma, Wash., has acquired Cogent Healthcare of Brentwood, Tenn. The merger between the two national hospitalist management companies marks the creation of the largest private hospitalist network in the U.S., which will now serve over 180 hospitals in 35 states. In total, Sound Physicians will now employ over 1,750 physician and nonphysician providers.

• North Hollywood, Calif.-based IPC The Hospitalist Company has acquired the following practices: Hospital Practice Associates, Inc. (HPA), in Jacksonville, Fla.; John N. Campbell, MD, PC, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Comprehensive Health Solutions, in Newtown Square, Penn.; Midland Hospitalists PLC in Midland, Mich.; and Clyo Internal Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. IPC is a national hospitalist management company serving over 400 hospitals and 1,200 post-acute care facilities across the country.

LEFT: Robert Bessler, MD | Founder, Sound Physicians RIGHT: Ron Greeno, MD | Co-Founder, Cogent Healthcare

LEFT: Robert Bessler, MD | Founder, Sound PhysiciansRIGHT: Ron Greeno, MD | Co-Founder, Cogent Healthcare

• The Greenville, S.C.-based Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) recently received the following honors: voted one of the Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the second year running for a growth rate of 239% since 2011; voted one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SC Biz News, for the second consecutive year; listed on the Roaring Twenties List from SC Biz News as one of the 40 highest performing companies in South Carolina; and included on South Carolina’s 25 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the third year running. OBHG has been providing OB/GYN hospitalist services across the country since 2006.

• The OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa, Ill., has just introduced a new hospitalist program at its 99-bed acute care hospital. Robert B. Maguire, MD, a veteran Ottawa doctor, has been chosen to lead the new hospitalist program as medical director. OSF St. Elizabeth will continue to recruit additional hospitalists to the new program with the help of 24ON Physicians/In Compass Health, Inc., a hospitalist staffing firm based in Alpharetta, Ga.

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is now providing pediatric care at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Penn. Moses Taylor Hospital is a 217-bed acute care facility operated by Commonwealth Health, the largest healthcare system in northern Pennsylvania, which consists of six hospitals and dozens of post-acute care practices and facilities.

TeamHealth, a national physician management company based in Knoxville, Tenn., announced its acquisition of Premier Physician Services, Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio. Premier consists of eight hospitalist programs as well as 45 emergency medicine programs, 15 correctional care programs, and 15 occupational medicine programs, which TeamHealth will now oversee. TeamHealth provides physician management and healthcare staffing in 47 states.

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