Hospitalist Robert Harrington Jr., MD, SFHM, chief medical officer for Alpharetta, Ga.-based Locum Leaders, a national physician recruiting and staffing company for hospitalists and other specialties, was recently elected to an at-large seat on SHM's Board of Directors. Dr. Harrington, the first family-medicine-trained hospitalist to serve on the board, says he brings a particular focus on the community-based hospitalist's perspective and will work to make SHM better for all HM providers.
"I regularly interact with community hospitals and physicians. I have also practiced in community settings," he says. "Being an advocate for community-based physicians, I'm a big believer in the 'big tent' philosophy of SHM's recent discussions about its future."
Those discussions about SHM's future have highlighted the variety of "hyphenated" and specialized hospitalists that have emerged in recent years. Dr. Harrington says that SHM should nurture specialist HM groups. "My goal on the board is to continue to push SHM to make it a home for all members of the patient care team," he says. "I continue to believe that hospital medicine is truly a team sport, with quality care delivered by inpatient care teams.”
Dr. Harrington chairs SHM's Family Medicine Task Force and recently was honored as a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine. He attended medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed his residency at the Medical Center of Delaware in Wilmington, followed by a stint in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. He will commence his three-year term on the board at HM11 in Grapevine, Texas, in May.