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Society of Hospital Medicine's Award of Excellence Winners Lead the Way


The 2012 award winners are blazing new paths for hospitalists and hospitals. They inspire us to find new ways to raise the bar higher when it comes to providing care in the hospital and, at the same time, improving the hospital itself.

—Joseph Ming-Wah Li, MD, SFHM, SHM president

Hospitalists across the country are taking the lead—leading their HM groups, leading care teams, and leading quality-improvement (QI) efforts.

With this year’s annual SHM Awards of Excellence, thousands of hospitalists at HM12 saluted the leaders in the specialty. Five individuals and one team were recognized at the San Diego Convention Center for their efforts to transform healthcare and revolutionize patient care.

In addition to being recognized at HM12, the honorees were the subjects of a video presented at HM12 and posted on SHM’s YouTube channel.

Brendon Shank is associate vice president of communications at SHM

The 2012 SHM Award of Excellence winners are:

Excellence in Teamwork and Quality Improvement

The In-Hospital Stroke QI Team at the University of Colorado Hospital, led by Ethan Cumbler, MD, FACP, associate professor of medicine and hospitalist at University of Colorado Hospital, was recognized for exemplary quality improvement initiatives in hospital medicine that engage the full patient care team.

Excellence in Hospital Medicine for Non-Physicians

Jina Saltzman, physician assistant, University of Chicago.

Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine

William D. Atchley Jr., MD, FACP, SFHM, regional senior medical director, Eagle Hospital Physicians.

Excellence in Teaching

Jeff Barsuk, MD, MS, FHM, associate professor of medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago.

Clinical Excellence

Douglas W. Carlson, MD, SFHM, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Excellence in Research

Ron Keren, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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