Hospitalist movers and shakers – November 2019


Amith Skandhan, MD, SFHM, has been announced as Southeast Health Statera Network’s (Dothan, Ala.) director of physician integration, and chairman of the network’s Physicians Participation Committee. Dr. Skandhan is senior lead hospitalist with Southeast Health, where he has worked for nearly a decade. He also champions the medical group’s clinical documentation improvement faction.

Dr. Amith Skandhan

One of just 10 hospitalists in the nation to receive Top Hospitalist recognition by the American College of Physicians in 2018, Dr. Skandhan is also an assistant professor at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and is one of Southeast Health’s Internal Medicine Residency Program’s core faculty members.

Ruby Sahoo, DO, has been promoted by Team Health (Knoxville, Tenn.) as regional performance director of its hospitalist services performance improvement team. Dr. Sahoo joined Team Health in 2016 and has most recently served as medical director and chief of staff at Grand Strand Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, S.C.).

Dr. Ruby Sahoo, Team Health, Knoxville, Tenn.

Dr. Ruby Sahoo

Dr. Sahoo is a highly decorated internist and hospitalist. She was Team Health’s Medical Director of the Year for Hospital Medicine 2018, and a Frist Humanitarian Award winner in 2017. Additionally, Dr. Sahoo is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Association of Physician Leadership.

Dr. David Vandenberg, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ann Arbor and Livingston, Mich.)

Dr. David Vandenberg

David Vandenberg, MD, SFHM, recently was elevated to chief medical officer at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ann Arbor and Livingston, Mich.). The hospitalist and senior fellow of hospital medicine previously has been St. Joseph’s vice chair of internal medicine and medical director of care management and documentation integrity. Dr. Vandenberg has spent 20 years as an employee at St. Joseph’s.

Cristian Andrade, MD, has been elevated to vice president of medical affairs with St. Joseph’s Health (Syracuse, N.Y.). A 16-year veteran with St. Joseph’s, Dr. Andrade has been a hospitalist with the system since 2006, and most recently has served as chief of hospitalist services.

Dr. Andrade now will provide guidance focusing on improving length of stay, as well as staff governance, utilization review, and the hospitalist program in general.

Paul DeJac, MD, has received a promotion to chief of hospitalist medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Buffalo, N.Y.). Dr. DeJac was hired at Roswell Park in 2016, becoming lead hospitalist in 2017. He will look to boost professional development on the hospitalist team with a focus on improving patient care.

Independent Emergency Physicians (Farmington, Mich.), which provides hospitalist physicians, ED physicians, scribes, and more at a handful of hospitals in Michigan, has added urgent care facilities in Southfield, Mich., and Novi, Mich., to its portfolio. In addition, IEP has joined with Healthy Urgent Care to create a network of up to 15 urgent care centers in Southeast Michigan.

This is IEP’s first foray into urgent care. The company was founded in 1997 and practices at Ascension Health, Trinity Health, and Henry Ford Health System, covering four different hospitals.

Private hospitalist management provider Sound Physicians (Tacoma, Wash.) has grown once again, acquiring Indigo Health Partners (Traverse City, Mich.), one of Michigan’s largest private hospitalist groups. The new company will be known as Indigo, a division of Sound Inpatient Physicians.

Indigo’s approximately 150 providers are included in the transaction, which includes professionals in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. Indigo was previously known as Hospitalists of Northwest Michigan, based out of Munson Medical Center.

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