Together with more than 3,000 hospitalists at its annual meeting, SHM celebrated the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence and three new Masters in Hospital Medicine (MHM), the highest honor in hospital medicine. They were honored in a special plenary session at HM14 in Las Vegas on March 26, along with SHM’s first chapter award winners.
HM14 was the largest event in the history of the hospitalist movement. And the specialty continues to grow; SHM estimates that there are now more than 44,000 hospitalists nationwide.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of the many hospitalists who are moving the specialty forward and demonstrating how all hospitalists can provide exceptional care for hospitalized patients,” says Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, SHM’s immediate past president, who presented the awards and the certificates for the Masters in Hospital Medicine.
“In a new era of American healthcare, hospitalists have become one of the greatest advocates for improvement within the hospital, and SHM looks forward to providing them with the resources to make those changes for the better.”
2014 Awards of Excellence
Each year, SHM recognizes best practices in a number of fields within the growing specialty of hospital medicine through its Awards of Excellence. In 2014, the society is introducing a seventh award: the SHM Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award.
Kenneth Simone, DO, SFHM, founder and president of Hospitalist and Practice Solutions, Veazie, Maine, is the 2014 recipient of SHM’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine. This award recognizes exceptional service within the discipline of hospital medicine. Dr. Simone’s innovative approach to hospital medicine has had a broad national impact, working to increase the growth, development, and success of the hospital medicine specialty.
Joshua Metlay, MD, PhD, FACP, chief of the division of general internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Research Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a researcher in the field of hospital medicine. Dr. Metlay’s research focuses on areas important to hospitalists and their patients: the epidemiology and improved treatment of respiratory tract infections.
Melissa Mattison, MD, FACP, SFHM, associate chief of the section of hospital medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, will receive the 2014 Award for Clinical Excellence, an award that recognizes exemplary clinical service in hospital medicine. As a geriatrician and hospitalist, Dr. Mattison focuses her research and clinical innovation efforts on improving care for hospitalized elders. She is at the forefront because she is developing best practices for implementation of clinical innovations to benefit older, hospitalized patients.
Daniel Dressler, MD, MSc, FACP, SFHM, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of SHM’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Dressler serves as professor of medicine, hospital medicine associate division director for education, and director of internal medicine teaching services at Emory University Hospital; associate program director for the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program; and Medical Student Semmelweis Society Advisor at Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The Award for Excellence in Teaching is earned by hospitalists who have demonstrated outstanding teaching acumen, serving as educators, role models, and mentors to other hospitalists, residents, medical students, or healthcare professionals.
Michelle (Mikkii) Swanson, DNP, MSN, RN, ACM, SFHM, Director of Hospitalist Services at Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation in Franklin, Tenn., will receive the 2014 Excellence in Hospital Medicine for Non-Physicians Award. This honor is reserved for those committed and talented professionals—including those with the Doctor of Nursing Practice designation—who contribute significantly to the success of the hospital medicine team but are not physicians.