Hospitalist movers and shakers – September 2019


Scott Shepherd, DO, FACP, has been selected chief medical officer of the health data enrichment and integration technology company Verinovum in Tulsa, Okla. Dr. Shepherd is the medical director for hospitalist medicine and a practicing hospitalist with St. John Health System in Tulsa, and also medical director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Amanda Logue, MD, has been elevated to chief medical officer at Lafayette (La.) General Hospital. Dr. Logue assumed her role in May 2019, which includes the title of senior vice president.

Dr. Logue has worked at Lafayette General since 2009. A hospitalist/internist, her duties at the facility have included department chair of medicine, physician champion for electronic medical record implementation, medical director of the hospitalist program, and most recently chief medical information officer.

Rina Bansal, MD, MBA, recently was appointed full-time president of Inova Alexandria (Va.) Hospital, taking the reins officially after serving as acting president since November 2018. Dr. Bansal has been at Inova since 2008, when she started as a hospitalist at Inova Fairfax (Va.).

Dr. Bansal created and led Inova’s Clinical Nurse Services Hospitalist program through its department of neurosciences and has done stints as Inova Fairfax’s associate chief medical officer, medical director of Inova Telemedicine, and chief medical officer at Inova Alexandria.

James Napoli, MD, has been named chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). He has manned the CMO position in an interim role since March, taking those duties on top of his role as BCBSAZ’s enterprise medical director for health care ventures and innovation.

Dr. James Napoli, chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona

Dr. James Napoli

Dr. Napoli came to BCBSAZ in 2013 after more than a decade at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus (Glendale, Ariz.) At Abrazo, he was director of hospitalist services and vice-chief of staff, on top of his efforts as a practicing hospital medicine clinician.

Dr. Napoli was previously medical director at OptumHealth, working specifically in the medical management and quality improvement areas for the health management solutions organization’s Medicare Advantage clients.

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith (Ark.) has partnered with the Ob Hospitalist Group (Greenville, S.C.) to launch an obstetric hospitalist program. OB hospitalists deliver babies when a patient’s physician cannot be present, provide emergency care, and provide support to high-risk pregnancy patients, among other duties within the hospital.

The partnership has allowed Mercy Fort Smith to create a dedicated, four-room obstetric emergency department in its Mercy Childbirth Center. Eight OB hospitalists have been hired and will provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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