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Presenting the 2019 SHM Award of Excellence winners

Award of Excellence in Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine

Kendall Rogers, MD, CPE, SFHM, is chief of the division of hospital medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, where he also serves as a professor. His numerous innovations have tremendously improved patient care and enhanced provider work flow. One of his most notable contributions was the hospital-wide intensive organized glycemic control program, which consists of a dedicated glycemic control advanced practice provider (APP) working closely with surgical and medical teams to ensure proper education and discharge planning for patients. He also helped to create an APP fellowship in hospital medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Kendall Rogers

Dr. Kendall Rogers

His innovations have been recognized on the national level, including with the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission in honor of his work as lead mentor in the SHM’s Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation program. Dr. Rogers also has served as chair of the SHM’s Information Technology Committee and has been a member of the society’s Public Policy Committee. He is also a senior fellow in hospital medicine.

Award of Excellence in Research

Tara Lagu, MD, MPH, is the associate director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science and an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield.

Dr. Tara Lagu

Dr. Tara Lagu

Dr. Lagu has published 103 original peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Hospital Medicine, and JAMA. Her research primarily focuses on improving the quality and value of care for patients with acute illness. She has published papers examining hospital care quality for patients with sepsis, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, pneumonia, and delirium, and has an R01 aimed at identifying strategies used by Medicare Accountable Care Organizations to reduce admission rates for patients with heart failure. Dr. Lagu also is very interested in improving access to care for patients with disabilities. In 2013, she conducted a “secret shopper” survey of physicians in a variety of practice settings nationwide and found that 20% of physicians would refuse to see a patient who uses a wheelchair. This work was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and was profiled in the New York Times.

Dr. Lagu is a senior fellow in hospital medicine and also serves as a senior deputy editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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