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Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas has announced that Tacoma, Wash.-based Sound Physicians will provide hospitalist services at the 231-bed acute-care hospital.

Sound Physicians also will offer hospitalist services at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga., just outside Atlanta.

Summerville (S.C.) Medical Center has teamed up with the Greenville, S.C.-based OB Hospitalist Group to provide obstetrics and gynecology services to inpatients 24 hours a day. Five physicians will provide OB/GYN hospitalist services: Susie Wilson, MD; Tawanna Gilliard, MD; Melissa Pearce, MD; Greg Miller, MD; and Ann Gorman, MD.

Buffalo Medical Group (BMG) has begun providing hospitalist services to inpatients at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. BMG has been supplying hospitalist services in the Buffalo area since 1999.

Benchmark Hospitalists, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has partnered with Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia to provide hospitalist management services. Benchmark has been helping hospitals improve quality and return on investment in their hospitalist programs since 2009.

Galen Inpatient Physicians will begin providing 24/7 hospitalist services at Memorial Hospital Los Banos in California. Galen has provided HM services to medical centers nationwide since 2000.

—Michael O’Neal

Hospitalist John C. Sorg, MD, recently was appointed medical director of the hospitalist program at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Ark. Dr. Sorg is board-certified in internal medicine and spent nearly 20 years in private practice in Elkhart, Ind.

Chintu Sharma, MD, is the July Physician of the Month at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. Dr. Sharma has been a hospitalist at Carroll for more than two years, and his supervisors say that he leads by example in providing excellent patient care.

Karim Godamunne, MD, is the new chief medical officer of North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Ga. Dr. Godamunne also serves as the HM group’s medical director at North Fulton.

After working with the HM group at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mich., since 2003, Iris Mangulabnan, MD, FACP, has been named the group’s medical director. The program employs 27 providers, 18 of whom are hospitalists.

Deborah Puckhaber, MD, has been named medical director of the hospitalist service at North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt. Dr. Puckhaber completed her medical training at the State University of New York Buffalo School of Medicine, and practiced adolescent and internal medicine for 14 years before becoming a hospitalist.

Kenric Maynor, MD, has been named HM director of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. In addition to his duties of overseeing the HM programs at six area hospitals, Dr. Maynor will implement a new program at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Adam Fall, MD, SFHM, has joined TeamHealth’s Hospital Medicine Eastern Division as regional medical director for its eastern Tennessee and Georgia regions.

Jeffrey L. Dryden, DO, is the new medical director of the hospitalist team at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. Dr. Dryden has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years, and currently serves as a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the South Central Ozark Association of Osteopathic Physicians.

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