Hospitalist movers and shakers – July 2020


Rupesh Prasad, MD, SFHM, recently started a new role as medical director of care management for Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee. His focus areas include clinical documentation and care transition for inpatients. He was previously the quality and utilization officer for Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Prasad is a hospitalist with 15 years of experience and has served as the chief of staff at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He is the cochair for the Advocate Aurora Health Inpatient Physician Informatics Committee, where his focus is on optimization of EHR for the end user.

Dr. Rupesh Prasad, medical director of care management and a hospitalist at Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee

Dr. Rupesh Prasad

Dr. Prasad cochairs the Society of Hospital Medicine’s IT Special Interest Group and sits on the Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee. He is the president of SHM’s Wisconsin Chapter.

David Rice, MD, recently earned promotion to chief medical officer for Baptist Health, a nonprofit health care system based in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to his role as CMO, Dr. Rice will maintain the titles of senior vice president and chief quality officer.

Dr. Rice, who has spent the past 5 years as chief quality officer at Baptist Health, will oversee clinical quality, patient safety, and performance improvement. The Baptist Health system includes 200 different points of care.

Dr. Rice takes over for Keith Stein, MD, who had served as Baptist’s CMO since 1999.

Dr. Jade Brice Roshell, chief medical officer at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster, Ala.

Dr. Jade Brice Roshell

Alabama hospitalist Jade Brice-Roshell, MD, has been named one of the “70 African American Leaders in Health Care to Know in 2020” list by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Dr. Brice-Roshell has served as Shelby Baptist Medical Center’s (Alabaster, Ala.) CMO for the past year and has been a Shelby staff member since 2015. It is the second year in a row that she has been honored by Becker’s on this list.

After a nationwide search, executive leaders at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., have elected to elevate hospitalist Kai Mebust, MD, FHM, to the role of chief of the department of medicine, succeeding Charles Hyman, MD. Dr. Mebust had been working alongside Dr. Hyman as associate chief since March 2019 while the network was seeking a successor. It turns out they had their man in house all along.

Dr. Kai Mebust, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Dr. Kai Mebust

Dr. Mebust has 16 years of experience with Bassett, including 10 years as chief of the hospitalist division and 4 years as medical director of the network’s hospitalist program. In his new position, he will be charged with directing care and providing leadership for the system’s physicians.

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital (Sumter, S.C.) has raised its level of care for children, newborns, and infants by creating a new pediatric hospitalist program through a strengthened relationship with Children’s Hospital-Midlands in Columbia, S.C.

The rural community has been affiliated with Children’s for a long time, but the new setup places full-time physicians in the Sumter facility that are part of the Children’s team. Residents in and around Sumter will no longer need to travel to Columbia to take advantage of the high-level service.

The pediatric hospitalist team will work closely with local pediatricians and family physicians to ensure that follow-ups and other preventative treatments are handled once a child is discharged from Tuomey Hospital.

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