Janet Nagamine, MD, BSN, MHM, is a hospitalist in the department of hospital-based specialty and inpatient palliative care at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara, Calif.
Dr. Nagamine was one of the first 200 people to join the Society of Hospital Medicine. Among her many roles within the society were serving on its board of directors from 2009 to 2014 and chairing the Quality and Safety committee for 5 years.
“I’m honored to be acknowledged in this formal and prestigious way, because my career path hasn’t always followed the traditional course of recipients who receive this type of award,” commented Dr. Nagamine, who has worked in a community hospital for the last 18 years. “This speaks volumes to the type of organization that the Society of Hospital Medicine is, and it makes me proud.”
She started her career as an ICU nurse and spent the last 30 years in various institutional and organizational roles trying to make hospitals a better place.
“At times, I was juggling family responsibilities and had to defer the fancy titles, but I always found a way to contribute meaningfully through my work with the Society of Hospital Medicine.”