Bassam Kret, MD, has been named Physician of the Year at 227-bed Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) in Newark, Ohio. Dr. Kret, who joined LMH in 2002, helped found the hospitalist program. Dr. Kret received the hospital’s MVP award in 2008 and practices with nine other hospitalists as part of the 24-hour HM service.
Louay Shawesh, MD, has been promoted to chief medical officer of Glendale, Calif.-based hospitalist services provider Apollo Medical Holdings (ApolloMed). Prior to his new position, he served as ApolloMed’s regional medical director. As CMO, Dr. Shawesh will be focused on improving efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery throughout ApolloMed’s network of 27 hospitalist programs.
Tony Rino is the new executive director for IPC: The Hospitalist Company’s New England region of operations. He is the first to serve in this new position, which oversees operations at acute-care and post-acute-care facilities throughout New England. Rino, a veteran hospital administrator, previously served as vice president of physician services for national hospital company Vanguard Health Systems. IPC is based in North Hollywood, Calif., and provides hospitalist services in 28 states.
Daniel Hilton, MD, has been named regional hospitalist medical director for ApolloMed’s new Orange County, Calif., division. Dr. Hilton will oversee all hospitalist operations at four Orange County hospitals; he already holds administrative positions at three of those facilities. A board-certified internal-medicine physician and veteran hospitalist, Dr. Hilton is especially focused on palliative care.
Mark Rudolph, MD, SFHM, is the new vice president of patient experience and physician development for Tacoma, Wash.-based Sound Physicians. He will focus on improving patient experience in all 70 of Sound’s hospitalist programs across the country. Prior to this role, Dr. Rudolph served as CMO of Sound’s Northwest region. Since joining the company in 2002, he has served as chief hospitalist at Highline Medical Center in Burien, Wash., and he helped pilot the development of SoundInstitute, a Web-based physician learning system.
Hospitalist Brian Harte, MD, SFHM, has been appointed president of Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Dr. Harte previously served as chief operating officer at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is a member of SHM’s board of directors and a deputy editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. At Cleveland Clinic, he also serves as medical director of Enterprise Business Intelligence.
Deepak Pahuja, MD, FACP, recently received the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Illinois Downstate and Pennsylvania Leadership Development Achievement Award for completing ACP’s Leadership Seminars for Young Physicians. Dr Pahuja is a hospitalist and CEO of Aerolib Healthcare Solutions, a medical device innovation firm. He is a physician reviewer for Medical Audit and Review Solutions and Intercede Health for concurrent and retrospective patient reviews. He is pursuing his MBA with a focus in medical management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass.