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.
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.
• 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.