Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers in Hospital Medicine


Robert Wachter, MD, MHM

Robert Wachter, MD, MHM, has been named to the board of directors and chair of the quality committee for IPC: The Hospitalist Company, based in North Hollywood, Calif. Dr. Wachter currently serves as director of the division of hospital medicine and associate chair of the department of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. A well-known and respected authority on quality and safety, he was recognized with the John M. Eisenberg Award for excellence in patient safety in 2004. He also pens the Wachter’s World blog at

Raffi Hodikian, MD

Raffi Hodikian, MD, a hospitalist and longtime member of SHM, was named the 2013 Physician of the Year at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, Calif. “Not only was this the greatest honor of my career, but I thought it further reaffirmed the vital role hospitalists play in our community hospitals,” Dr. Hodikian said of the award.

Kimberly A. Bell, MD, is the new associate vice president of hospital medicine for Franciscan Health System (FHS) in Tacoma, Wash. In her new role, Dr. Bell will oversee hospitalist services at five of FHS’ seven area hospitals. FHS employs nearly 100 hospital medicine providers, including physicians and physician extenders.

Felix T. Cabrera, MD, has been named associate medical director at Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Tamuning, Guam, after working as a hospitalist at GMH for more than two years. In his new role, Dr. Cabrera hopes to improve the technological infrastructure within the hospital. He will continue with his regular hospitalist rounds and private practice at International Health Providers Medical Group in Dededo, Guam. GMH is a 158-bed acute-care facility and the only hospital dedicated to civilian care on the island.

Troy Martin, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer for Questcare Hospitalists, based in Dallas. Dr. Martin comes to the Questcare executive team from the Medical Center of McKinney in McKinney, Texas, where he served as medical director of Questcare’s hospitalist program.

Business Moves

Dallas-based Eagle Hospital Physicians recently named its new executive team after receiving more than $20 million in new company funding. The leadership team includes executive chair Edward R. Casas, MD, MM, MPH, a seasoned investment executive and decorated U.S. Navy flight surgeon; CEO Peter Harris, a former CEO and COO of several major health care firms; president and COO Talbot “Mac” McCormick, MD, a practicing Eagle hospitalist since 2003; CMO David Gates, MD, PhD, FACP, a hospitalist with Eagle since 2010; and senior vice president of practice development John D. Johnston, MD, a 10-year hospitalist with Eagle.

IPC: The Hospitalist Company announced the acquisition of two private hospitalist groups. IPC will oversee operations at Baldwin Physician Services Inc. (BPS), a post-acute-care practice in Mobile, Ala., and Steward Health Care System LLC in Boston. IPC held a previous contract at one of Steward’s locations. Now IPC will be responsible for administering the hospitalist services at nine of Steward’s acute-care hospitals in and around the greater Boston area.

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital (SECH) in Red Bluff, Calif., has begun offering 24-hour hospitalist inpatient services now that it has partnered with nearby Lassen Hospitalist Group Inc. (LHG) and its internal-medicine team. SECH is a 76-bed acute-care hospital that serves most of Tehama County, Calif. LHG employs 29 physician and midlevel providers in the areas of urgent care, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and dermatology at its two nonemergency locations in Red Bluff and Cottonwood.

McPherson (Kan.) Hospital is now offering hospitalist services to inpatients. The hospitalist program will be provided by Michael Bloustine, MD, and Jennifer Alexander, APRN-C, with plans to expand the number of hospitalist providers as the demand for 24-hour inpatient care grows.

Questcare Partners, a private hospitalist-solutions group based in Dallas, has partnered with the University of Oklahoma Medical Center (OUMC) in Oklahoma City to provide hospitalist services at the state’s largest hospital. OUMC serves the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and is Oklahoma’s only Level 1 trauma center. Questcare Partners has been providing private physician staffing for emergency and hospital medicine since 1996.

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