The newly named Society of Hospital Medicine today announced the election of two new officers and two new board members.
The 5-year old society, formerly called the National Association of Inpatient Physicians, represents about 7,000 hospitalists.
Effective April 1, Jeffrey Dichter, M.D., a staff hospitalist and intensivist at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind., took the helm as president. William Atchley, M.D., medical director for hospitalist services at Sentara Careplex Hospital in Norfolk, Va., is the new secretary.
Steven Pantilat, M.D., returns to the office of treasurer, and Jeanne Huddleston, M.D. was named president-elect.
Russell Holman, M.D., and Lisa Kettering, M.D., joined the 14-member SHP board as new members. Holman is assistant medical director for hospital services at HealthPartners Medical Group & Clinics based in Minneapolis, Minn. Kettering is associate director for inpatient services for graduate medical education in internal medicine at Exempla-Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.
"The most important issue we can focus on in 2003 is teamwork," Dichter says in a written statement. "I will strive to foster relationships with organizations like the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and create projects that emphasize the importance of teamwork between hospitalists and other healthcare professionals."
To better identify the growing influence of hospital care provided by hospitalists, SHP decided to change its name during its annual meeting held April 1-2 in San Diego.
"Our name change reinforces our society's staunch commitment to the increasingly important role hospital medicine is playing in healthcare today and to our vision that physicians who specialize in hospital medicine will be the dominant deliverers of inpatient care across the nation," Dichter says.
The group also designed a new logo and updated its Web site to reflect the new name. The new Web address is www.hospitalmedicine.org.