Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers in Hospital Medicine



Sereen Sharp, MD, has been named director of the hospital medicine program at Fairview Range Medical Center (FRMC) in Hibbing, Minn. Dr. Sharp has been a practicing hospitalist at FRMC since the program launched in 2010.

James Matsuda, MD, PhD, has been hired as a pediatric hospitalist and director of pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Matsuda comes to Mercy from St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, where he served as director of the pediatric hospitalist program and pediatric intensive care unit.
Robert Maloney, MD, chief hospitalist at Sault Area Hospital (SAH) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, was awarded the Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine’s 2013 clinical excellence award. Dr. Maloney was recognized for his excellent patient care, professionalism, and leadership. He is credited with helping to launch SAH’s hospitalist program, which has improved inpatient healthcare for the community since its 2004 introduction. Dr. Maloney is also an assistant professor of family medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Sanin Syed, MD, has been named medical director of the newly founded hospitalist program at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, N.Y. Dr. Syed previously served as a hospitalist at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Business Moves

Tacoma, Wash.-based Sound Physicians has agreed to provide hospitalist services at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Sound also has acquired hospitalist-related assets of Inpatient Care United, Inc., a private hospitalist staffing company in northeast Ohio, which already provides hospitalist services to Akron General Medical Center and Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), based in Mauldin, S.C., has been named one of the best places to work in South Carolina by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Best Companies Group, and the publishers of SCBIZ News. The private OB-GYN hospitalist staffing company was ranked 5th among South Carolina companies in the same size category. Additionally, OBHG was recognized as one of Inc.’s 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, as well as one of South Carolina’s 25 fastest-growing companies. OBHG has been staffing private OB hospitalists at hospitals throughout the country since 2006.

North Hollywood, Calif.-based IPC The Hospitalist Company recently acquired the following hospitalist practices:

Greater Orlando Hospitalists (GOH), P.A., in Orlando, Fla.

The Hospitalist Group (THG) in Mission, Texas, consisting of three affiliated hospitalist practices: THG The Hospitalist Group, LP; The Hospitalist Management Group, LLC; and MD @ Home Ltd., all serving the greater Rio Grande Valley area of Southwest Texas.

Naples, Fla.-based Neapolitan Inpatient Care, LLC , and Venetian Hospitalist Services, LLC, headquartered in Venice, Fla.

Hospitalist-related assets of Metropolitan Pulmonary and Hospital Medicine, P.C., based in Kansas City, Mo.

IPC has signed definitive agreements to acquire Park Avenue Health Care Management, LLC; Park Avenue Medical Associates, P.C.; Park Avenue Medical Associates, LLC; and Geriatric Services, P.C., collectively known as Park Avenue and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y.

TeamHealth Hospital Medicine has acquired Marshall Physician Services, LLC, also known as MESA Medical Group, in Lexington, Ky. MESA already oversees hospitalist and emergency medicine services at 24 different hospitals throughout Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. TeamHealth now operates specialty hospital medicine programs in more than 850 acute and post-acute care centers throughout the U.S.

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine have collaborated to initiate a pediatric hospitalist program at the facility in San Antonio, Texas. The new program will staff 10 pediatric hospitalists and will be led by professor Ricardo Quiñonez, who comes to San Antonio from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky.,has partnered with the Dallas, Texas-based Eagle Hospital Physicians to provide hospitalist services at the privately owned facility. Eagle provides hospitalist and emergency medicine services to hospitals in 17 states.

In Memoriam

Scott Swygert, MD, hospitalist, chief quality officer, and chief medical information officer at Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center (LRMC), died Nov. 1 at the age of 45. Dr. Swygert had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare condition resulting in scarring of the lung tissue. According to local news reports, he was awaiting a lung transplant and had been airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.; however, doctors deemed him too sick for the procedure.

Dr. Swygert was most noted for his sense of humor and passion for the care of his patients. He is credited with jump-starting LRMC’s hospitalist program and was on the cutting edge of working to move the hospital to electronic health records.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, and three daughters, Anna, Rachel, and Laura.

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