Hospitalist Robert McNab, DO, has been named the new medical education director of Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo. He will continue as a hospitalist and director of the internal-medicine residency program. Dr. McNab brings more than 10 years of teaching experience to the Freeman Graduate Medical Education Program.
Brian Harte, MD, SFHM, Cleveland Clinic hospitalist and president of South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, is now president of Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Dr. Harte is an SHM board member and serves as the board treasurer. In addition to his new role, Dr. Harte will continue to practice as a hospitalist at Hillcrest Hospital.
Anita Dhople, MD, is the new hospitalist medical director for the Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First health system. Dr. Dhople will oversee all hospitalist services at four affiliated hospitals. Dr. Dhople comes to Health First from the Piedmont Physicians Group in Atlanta.
Matthew Heinz, MD, has been appointed director of provider outreach in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA). Dr. Heinz is a practicing hospitalist at Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center and a former representative in the Arizona state legislature.
IPC: The Hospitalist Company, based in North Hollywood, Calif., has announced the acquisition of two private hospitalist practices: Sound Senior Geriatrics LLC (SSG) in Mystic, Conn., and Cape Coral Hospitalists Inc. (CCH) based in Fort Meyers, Fla. IPC contracts hospitalist services in 28 states.
Bayhealth hospital network in Dover, Del., has partnered with Apogee Physicians to provide 24-hour hospitalist services at Kent General Hospital in Dover and Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford. Bayhealth has been serving communities in central and southern Delaware for more than 75 years. Phoenix-based Apogee Physicians has been providing contracted hospitalist services since 2002.
Cogent Healthcare is partnering with South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) to provide hospitalist services at the 285-bed acute-care nonprofit main campus and the 55-bed Smith Northview Campus in Valdosta, Ga. SGMC currently serves 15 counties in south-central Georgia and north Florida. Cogent provides contracted hospitalist services at more than 100 hospitals throughout the United States.
Cogent Healthcare Inc., based in Brentwood, Tenn., recently announced Dean Weiland as the private hospitalist staffing company’s new president and CEO. Weiland served as an executive during a merger between Renal Advantage and Liberty Dialysis in 2010. Before that, he served as CEO of The Work Institute.
Hill Country Memorial Hospital (HCM) in Fredericksburg, Texas, has announced plans to expand its 24-hour hospitalist service from only weekends to seven days a week. The decision comes as a reaction to the positive benefits HCM has experienced since it began its weekend hospitalist service in 2011.