Presenting the 2018 SHM Awards of Excellence winners

SHM’s Award of Clinical Excellence for Physicians

Rick Hilger, MD, SFHM, has been a hospitalist with HealthPartners Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota for 16 years. He is a national expert in the areas of readmission prevention and care delivery for high-utilizer patients. His work in this area was named Best Clinical Innovation at Hospital Medicine 2012. His collaborative approach to solving complex problems is demonstrated by the amount of time he has volunteered to help other organizations improve their care of high utilizers. Over 90 organizations and hospitals have reached out for assistance in starting their own committees, and Dr. Hilger has shared his time and care plan templates with each one. He was one of the first hospitalists asked to participate on a National Quality Forum committee and has improved hospital reimbursement by over 4 million dollars by developing an internal physician advisor program.

Dr. Rick Hilger, a hospitalist with HealthPartners Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Rick Hilger

Dr. Hilger also has served on the SHM Annual Conference Committee and the Public Policy Committee, where he has worked with other committee members to advocate for policy changes related to observation status and readmission penalties.

SHM’s Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Services

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH, is a hospitalist and the assistant program director for the internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also the founding codirector of EqualHealth, an organization that aims to inspire and support the development of Haiti’s next generation of health care leaders. In 2015, Dr. Morse helped to found the Social Medicine Consortium, a global coalition of more than 450 people representing over 50 universities and organizations in 12 countries, which seeks to address the miseducation of health professionals.

In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Morse was compelled to collaborate with colleagues and friends to help build capacity of health care providers committed to social medicine, medical and nursing education, and social justice. She helped to open and operate a new 300-bed teaching hospital in rural Haiti and founded the first three residency training programs at the hospital. Since that time, the hospital has expanded to serve an area of 3 million people with an annual budget of $12 million.

SHM’s Award of Excellence in Research

Teryl Nuckols, MD, FHM, is a hospitalist and the director of general internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She also serves as associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a health services researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica.

Dr. Teryl Nuckols, a hospitalist and the director of general internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

Dr. Teryl Nuckols

Currently, she is principal investigator and coprincipal investigator on two projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that are evaluating effects of the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Dr. Nuckols was previously the principal investigator on two R01 research grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the recipient of a K08 Career Development Award. She has evaluated clinical practice guidelines on behalf of SHM as well as policy makers in California and Australia, and her work has led to more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in NEJM, Journal of Hospital Medicine, and JAMA Internal Medicine among others.

SHM’s Award of Clinical Excellence for NPs/PAs

Meredith K. Wold, PA-C, is the supervisor of advanced practice clinicians at HealthPartners Medical Group, which includes 20 nurse practitioners and physician assistants, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. She is also the cofounder and co-curriculum director for the HealthPartners Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship Program. Under her leadership, the fellowship program offers a clear curriculum that exposes key clinical scenarios and specialties crucial to hospital medicine, preparing new PAs to contribute immediately to team-based care upon completion of the fellowship.

Meredith K. Wold, PA-C, APC supervisor, Hospital Medicine and Critical Care at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., and adjunct faculty, Augsburg University Physician Assistant Program.

Meredith K. Wold

To prevent burnout in a 7-on/7-off schedule, Ms. Wold thought creatively and developed a pooling and “draft” system to give some flexibility and breaks in the block schedule – almost like a fantasy football draft but with patient care shifts for noncontinuity services.

Excellence in Management in Hospital Medicine

Maria Lourdes Novelero, MA, MPA, is the associate chair for administration of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and has also served as the administrator of the UCSF division of hospital medicine and its associated medical service from 2005 to 2016. In this role, she managed the department’s expansion from a 20-physician division to an 80-physician division. She also led the department’s pioneering efforts in quality, safety, and value.

Dr. Maria Lourdes Novelero, associate chair for administration of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Maria Lourdes Novelero

Ms. Novelero created a structure to build and manage 10 different hospitalist-run services, including cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and liver transplant comanagement services; a procedure service; a palliative care service; and a large non–housestaff medicine service. She co-led a multidisciplinary effort to transform the discharge process, and established and cochaired the department of hospital medicine’s high value care committee, which catalyzed value improvement activities throughout UCSF. This committee’s work led to tangible value improvements, such as a 14% reduction in direct costs and a first-ever positive net margin for the medical service.

Ms. Novelero has more than 25 years of experience in management positions in the United States and Japan.

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