Hospitalist movers and shakers – September 2020


The American Board of Internal Medicine has named David Pizzimenti, DO, to its board of trustees. The appointment comes with a 3-year term.

Dr. Pizzimenti has been a practicing internist in Mississippi since 2005. He currently serves as associate medical officer of acute care at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, where he also directs the hospitalist program and the internal medicine residency program. Prior to joining NMMC, he managed the same role at Magnolia Regional Health Center (Corinth, Miss.).

Dr. Pizzimenti is an inducted member of the American College of Osteopathic Internist College of Fellows, as well as a certified wound care specialist.

Tommy Ibrahim, MD, FHM, recently was named the new president and CEO for Bassett Healthcare Network, replacing William Streck, who had served in the role from 1984 to 2014, and then on an interim basis since 2018.

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim

Dr. Ibrahim comes to Bassett from Integris Health, the largest nonprofit health care system in Oklahoma, where he was executive vice president and chief physician executive. He started his career as a hospitalist before moving into administration, and is a fellow in hospital medicine as well as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Bassett Healthcare Network is based at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., and includes four hospitals and more than two dozen primary care centers in eight New York counties.

Russell Kerbel, MD, MBA, has been named medical director for sepsis prevention at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since his arrival at UCLA in 2014, Dr. Kerbel – a hospitalist by training – has worked to increase awareness and standardize sepsis treatment through his advocacy, interdepartmental collaboration, and informatics knowledge.

Dr. Joshua Lenchus

Dr. Joshua Lenchus

Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh, SFHM, was installed as vice president of the Florida Medical Association during the all-virtual 2020 FMA annual meeting in August. Dr. Lenchus is a hospitalist and chief medical officer at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Christopher Carpenter, MD, has been elevated to chief of staff at Natividad, a 172-bed, county-owned hospital in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Carpenter has served Natividad for the past 4 years, holding the positions of chief hospitalist, chief of service for pediatrics, vice chief of staff, and most recently director of pediatric services.

Dr. Carpenter’s term as chief of staff is limited to 2 years, during which he said his goals include promoting diversity within the facility’s leadership.

Prior to arriving at Natividad, Dr. Carpenter was instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Boston, as well as associate director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Global Health Fellowship.

David Fagan, MD, recently was promoted to medical director at Mid-State Health Center (Plymouth, N.H.), where he has served for the past 10 years. The 30-year medical veteran began working in his new role in May 2020.

Previously, Dr. Fagan has served the facility as an internist and hospitalist, and he has been among the leaders at Mid-State in ensuring safety for patients and staff during the COVID-19 response.

The Carroll County Memorial Hospital (Carrolton, Mo.) recently announced its new hospitalist program, which officially began on June 1, 2020. CCMH officials said the focus of the hospitalists will be to maintain communication with primary care physicians once patients leave the hospital facility.

CCMH added three physicians to its staff to work in the hospitalist program: Reuben I. Thaker, MD; Samuel C. Evans, MD; and Charles C. Glendenning, DO.

NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.) has agreed to purchase Northwest Community Healthcare, a single-hospital health system located in Arlington Heights, Ill. NCH will become a hospital hub for NorthShore in the northwest Chicago suburbs.

When the agreement is finalized, NorthShore’s stable of hospitals will rise to six in and around Chicago. The system also provides outpatient care, labwork, and pharmacy services.

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