Andrew Auerbach, MD, MPH, SFHM, and Vineet Arora, MD, MPP, MHM, recently were elected to the new member class of American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) for 2017. Members must have “accomplished meritorious, original, creative, and independent investigations in the clinical or allied sciences of medicine and enjoy an unimpeachable moral standing in the medical profession.”
and are just the third and fourth hospitalists to become ASCI members. Dr. Auerbach is the professor of medicine in residence and director of the research division of hospital medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Aurora is associate professor of medicine, assistant dean for scholarship and discovery, and director of graduate medical education’s clinical learning environment innovation at the University of Chicago.
Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM, director of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), recently presented at the International Conference of Hospital Medicine held in Taiwan.
Olevia M. Pitts, MD, SFHM, made history at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, becoming the first woman and the first person of color to be named the facility’s chief medical officer. Dr. Pitts assumed her role at the 131-year-old RMC on January 30.
Greta Boynton, MD, SFHM, was promoted to the role of associate chief medical officer of Sound Physicians’ northeast region. She was elevated from her position as regional medical director for Sound Physicians, a health care organization that serves as a provider practice in 225 hospitals in 38 states.
Dr. Boynton will be charged with overseeing clinical operation of 13 programs, 120 providers, and a team of regional medical directors. She joined Sound Physicians in 2013 as chief hospitalist and divisional chief at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. She was, previously, chief of hospital medicine for Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Manchester, from 2008-2013.
Sound Physicians, Tacoma, Wash., added to its list of partners on March 1, when Eagle Hospital Medicine Practices, Atlanta, joined the Sound group’s organization. Eagle’s 150 providers in 16 hospitals across the United States raises Sound’s resume to more than 2,500 providers.
Eagle will continue to run its own Locum Connections and Telemedicine divisions.
The Society of Hospital Medicine’s Center for Quality Improvement recently was recognized and honored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its patient-safety partnership with CMS. The two entities have maintained a relationship since August 2016.
SHM’s Center for QI has participated in weekly CMS webinars to generate strategies intended to limit opioid use, including SHM’s pilot
University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, and Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua, Iowa, have created a partnership, allowing patients at VBCH access to UI hospitalists through a telemedicine connection. The relationship will allow VBCH patients to remain at their local hospital – located 90 minutes from Iowa City – while getting care and treatment advice from UI hospitalists through videoconferencing and a shared electronic health record.
With their VBCH provider bedside, patients meet face-to–virtual face with the UI hospitalist during twice-daily virtual rounding.
Unity Medical Center, Manchester, Tenn., recently partnered with physician-owned and -operated Concord Medical Group, Knoxville, Tenn., to provide hospitalist services at its facility in Manchester. Unity now will have hospitalists on duty 24 hours per day thanks to the relationship with Concord, a hospital management and staffing specialist group.