Hospitalist movers and shakers – May 2020


Pediatric hospitalists Linda Bloom, MD, Corina Sandru, MD, and Ilana Price MD, all from Reading Hospital – Tower Health (West Reading, Pa.) recently earned board certification in pediatric hospital medicine from the American Board of Pediatrics. This was the first certification of its kind given by the ABP.

Sitting for the board certification exam required ABP certification and meeting the training requirements set for pediatric hospital medicine, which was recognized as a subspecialty in 2016.

Felipe Castorena, MD, recently received the Humanitarian Award at the Northwell Health Hospital Medicine Academic Summit. Dr. Castorena was honored for the volunteer work he did with underserved communities in the Dominican Republic in October 2018.

Dr. Castorena worked with the Dr. Almanzar Foundation, providing medical care that included vaccine administration, surgery, and general checkups. A native of Mexico, Dr. Castorena is a hospitalist at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

Alteon Health has named Frank Kelley, MD, as one of three 2019 Facility Medical Directors of the Year. Dr. Kelley serves as director of hospital medicine at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center (Ravenna, Ohio). Alteon began managing the Portage hospitalist program in 2006.

Dr. Kelley was recognized for exhibiting “exemplary leadership and professionalism … mentoring their physicians and advance practice providers while improving department performance.” He is one of three winners among Alteon’s 125 clinical sites.

Amina Ahmed, MD, recently was named chief medical officer for CareOne, New Jersey’s largest family-owned-and-operated senior-living/post–acute care operator.

A board-certified internist, Dr. Ahmed most recently was chief of hospitalist medicine and post–acute care at Summit Medical Group (Berkeley Heights, N.J.).

Ikenna Ibe, MD, has been promoted to vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Community Memorial Hospital (Richmond, Va.). Dr. Ibe will be charged with creating a stronger connect between staff at VCU Health CMH and the clinical programs at VCU Medical Center’s main campus.

Dr. Ibe Ikenna, Virginia Commonwealth University Health Community Memorial Hospital

Dr. Ibe Ikenna

Dr. Ibe has been medical director of the hospitalist group since starting at VCU Health CMH in 2018. He will continue to care for patients and guide the hospitalist program while in his new role until his replacement is found. He previously directed the hospitalist program at Richmond’s St. Mary’s Hospital.

The medical staff at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) has voted David Sellers, MD, to be chief of staff for a 2-year term that began in January 2020.

Dr. Sellers is the lead hospitalist at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford. Dr. Sellers, as chief of staff, will chair the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee, as well as serving as the staff’s advocate at overall board meetings. In addition, he will seek continuing education opportunities for staff, and safeguard that the staff aligns along board policies.

Angela Shippy, MD, FHM, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief medical officer at Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston). In addition, Dr. Shippy will continue to execute her duties as the system’s chief quality officer, a position she has held for the past 5 years.

Dr. Shippy has worked in management throughout her career, serving as chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division and as vice president of medical affairs at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, where she also was a hospitalist.

Munir Ahmed, MD, an internist with a quarter century’s worth of experience in Cape Cod, Mass., has been named chief transformation officer with Community Health Center of Cape Cod. Dr. Ahmed will be tasked with creating improvements in clinical outcomes and expanding the facility’s use of emerging technology.

Dr. Ahmed previously worked as a hospitalist and internist at Cape Cod Hospital (East Sandwich, Mass.), where he specialized in hypertension, diabetes, geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care.

A new obstetrics hospitalist program is coming to Bayhealth Kent Campus (Dover, Del.), which has partnered with the national OB Hospitalist Group (Greenville, S.C.). The OB hospitalists will cover labor and delivery, as well as emergency and trauma, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The program will be advantageous for Bayhealth patients who may not have a primary doctor, as the hospitalists will work to ensure safe deliveries and perform C-sections as needed.

The OB Hospitalist Group is the nation’s largest and only dedicated ob.gyn. hospitalist provider with more than 1,000 clinicians in close to 200 facilities across 33 states.

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