Hospitalist movers and shakers


O’Neil Pike, MD, SFHM, has been promoted to chief medical officer with healthcare staffing company Medicus Healthcare Solutions (MHS) of Windham, N.H. Formerly a hospitalist consultant and chief practice advisor with MHS, Dr. Pike is a practicing hospitalist and serves as an assistant professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pa.

Timothy D. Bode, MD, MBA, SFHM, has been named appointed medical officer at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., as well as several regional hospitals in the Saint Thomas system. Previously, Dr. Bode served as senior vice president and CMO at Memorial Health in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Ibe Mbanu
Dr. Ibe Mbanu
Ibe Mbanu, MD, has been named medical director for Downers Grove, Ill.–based Advocate Operating System and Advocate Medical Group ambulatory and hospitalist services. Dr. Mbanu previously served as chief of the adult hospitalist department and director of medical affairs for St. Mary’s Hospital in Marriottsville, Md.

Joseph Perras, MD, has been named chief executive officer at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) in Windsor, Vt. Dr. Perras will continue as the center’s CMO, as well. He previously held the role of MAHHC’s director of hospital medicine.

Alamjit Virk, MD, has been promoted to medical director of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, Mass. Dr. Virk was a MVH staff physician for a year and half prior to the elevation, and he previously served as an attending physician in emergency medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass.

Business Moves

Dearborn County Hospital (DCH) in Lawrenceburg, Ind., has partnered with TriHealth to provide hospitalist services for its inpatients. TriHealth’s team of more than 30 hospitalists is led by chief of hospital medicine Bryan Strader, MD. TriHealth also provides care for patients at Ohio’s Bethesda North, Good Samaritan and Bethesda Butler Hospitals.

MidMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Gladwin, and Midland have been recognized with Five Star Excellence Awards by national health care research leader Professional Research Consultants. Awards were received for excellence in providing patients discharge information and pain management.

Pediatric Associates, located in Broward County, Fla., has expanded its pediatric hospitalist program thanks to the success of a pilot program run at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center (West Palm Beach). Jamilah Grant-Guimaraes, MD, FAAP, and Nina Phillips Bernstein, DO, FAAP, will provide care to Pediatrics Associates patients at Broward General Medical Center.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System announced that it will add Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) to the UPHS family. Located just 40 miles from Philadelphia, PHCS serves more than 1.3 million people in central New Jersey and includes the University Medical Center of Princeton, which opened in 2012 in Plainsboro, N.J.

Lehigh Valley Health Network, based out of Allentown, Pa., has absorbed Pocono Health System (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) in a move effective Jan. 1. Under the deal’s terms, Pocono Medical Center (the system’s only hospital) now will be known as Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. LVH also absorbs Pocono’s three health centers. LVH now operates 8 hospital campuses and 19 health centers.

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