It doesn’t come as a surprise to many in hospital medicine that the specialty’s influence continues to grow. However, it doesn’t hurt to see it in print.
This year, the readers and senior editors of health-care-media powerhouses Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician named Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, FAAP, SFHM, Robert Wachter, MD, MHM, and Larry Wellikson, MD, SFHM, as three of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives” of 2013. According to the magazines, Drs. Conway, Wachter, and Wellikson were selected “for their leadership in the varied sectors of the industry, whether provider organizations, government agencies, associations, insurers, or supplier companies.”
Other media outlets are continuing to acknowledge the leadership role hospitalists are playing across the country, too. The April issue of HealthLeaders magazine featured hospitalists in an article titled “A Bigger Role for Hospitalists.” Writer Joe Cantalupe notes that “increasingly, hospitalists are gaining more responsibilities in areas such as monitoring patients day to day, ordering tests, performing surgeries, handling specialized care, or taking on leadership roles.”