Steven Pantilat, MD, MHM, has been named the first chief of the newly established division of palliative medicine at University of California, San Francisco Health. Dr. Pantilat’s new role commenced on May 1st, with the division launch anticipated for July 1st.
Dr. Pantilat began his career as a hospital medicine specialist, joining UCSF’s hospitalist group – and later the division of hospital medicine – after earning his medical degree from the university. He was instrumental in the formation of UCSF Health’s palliative care program and became its director in 1999. Prior to the creation of the division, the internationally renowned palliative care program had featured groups within the hospital medicine, general internal medicine, and geriatrics divisions.
Dr. Pantilat is a Master of the Society of Hospital Medicine and a former president of the society (2005-2006).
Paul J. Goebel, MD, an internal medicine hospitalist at Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, Calif., has been selected as the hospital’s Champion in Care award recipient. This honor is presented annually to a Saint Agnes physician who shows team spirit and a strong willingness to collaborate with the Center’s nurses and clinical staff in providing high-level patient care.
Gary J. Carver, MD, recently was named the chief medical officer at Coshocton (Ohio) Regional Medical Center. Dr. Carver has been the hospital’s director of hospital medicine since 2013 and will continue in that role in addition to his duties as CMO.
In his new position, Dr. Carver joins Coshocton Medical Center’s senior leadership team, providing medical oversight, as well as clinical direction and leadership as the facility seeks accreditation, quality improvement, and service line development.
Lisa Shah, MD, has been hired by Sound Physicians as the group’s chief innovation officer. Dr. Shah had been working as senior vice president of Evolent Health’s clinical operations and network. With Sound Physicians, Dr. Shah will lead clinical innovation and transformation for the nationwide organization of physicians providing emergency medical, critical care, and hospital medicine services at more than 180 hospitals.
Dr. Shah will be tasked with developing innovative care models, tech-centered clinical workflows, and telemedicine strategies. She brings a robust hospital medicine background, having served in a 2-year Hospitalist Scholars Fellowship at the University of Chicago, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public health.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center Children’s of Mississippi, Hattiesburg, branch is joining forces with Memorial Hospital at Gulfport (Miss.) to provide care throughout southern Mississippi.
The highlight of the merger is the acquisition of six pediatric clinics into the UMMC family, with UMMC assuming control of the pediatric hospitalist program at each of the locations. The acquired clinics all have been branded as Children’s of Mississippi as of March 26th.
Sound Physicians’ parent company Fresenius Medical Care, which has held a controlling interest in Sound since 2014, has sold that interest to Germany-based Summit Partners for a reported $2.15 billion. The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this calendar year.