Hospitalist movers and shakers – March 2021


Vivek H. Murthy, MD, was named by President Joe Biden as his selection for Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy filled the same role from 2014-17 during President Barack Obama’s administration.

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

Dr. Murthy was a hospitalist and an instructor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School prior to becoming surgeon general the first time. He also is the founder of Doctors for America.

David Tupponce, MD, recently was named the new president of Allegheny Health Network’s Grove City (Pa.) Medical Center. He takes over for interim president Allan Klapper, MD, who filled the position since August 2020.

Dr. Tupponce comes to Grove City Medical Center after a successful tenure as president of Central Maine Medical Center (Lewiston, Maine), where he grew its physician group and fine-tuned the hospital quality program. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer at Tenet Healthcare’s Abrazo Scottsdale (Ariz.) Campus and CEO at Paradise Valley Hospital (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Dr. David Tupponce

Dr. Tupponce is familiar with western Pennsylvania, having earned a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He also was chief resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Malcolm Mar Fan, MD, has been elevated to medical director of the Hospitalist Group at Evangelical Community Hospital (Lewisburg, Pa.). In the newly established position, Dr. Mar Fan will oversee all operations for the facility’s hospitalist program.

Dr. Mar Fan has been a hospitalist at Evangelical since 2014 after completing his internist residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has played a major role on Evangelical’s Peri-operative Glucose Management Committee and its Informatics Committee for Impatient and Outpatient Electronic Health Records.

Lyon County (Kansas) recently announced that Ladun Oyenuga, MD, has been appointed as public health officer for the county. She began her tenure on January 1.

Dr. Oyenuga is a hospitalist at Newman Regional Health (Emporia, Kan.). She is a native of Nigeria and did her residency at Harlem (N.Y.) Hospital Center. She has been with Newman since 2017.

Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center (Long Beach, Calif.) recently announced the addition of an OB hospitalist program at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital. OB hospitalists, or laborists, care for women with obstetrical issues while in the hospital.

At Cherese Mari Laulhere, OB hospitalists will be on hand 24 hours a day to assist patients’ OB/GYNs or to fill in if the personal physician cannot get to the hospital quickly.

Hospitalists at Nationwide Children’s (Columbus, Ohio) are now providing care for children who are hospitalized at Adena Regional Medical Center (Chillicothe, Ohio).

It is an expansion of an ongoing partnership between the two hospitals. Adena and Nationwide Children’s have been working together in helping to care for children in the south central and southern Ohio region since 2011. Nationwide Children’s hospitalists will round in special care and the well-baby nursery at Adena, as well as provide education programs for Adena providers and staff.

MultiCare Health System (Tacoma, Wash.) has announced that it will expand its hospitalist program partnership with Sound Physicians, also based in Tacoma, to create a region-wide, cohesive group of providers. The goal is to help ensure efficient management of inpatient populations as a region instead of at the individual hospital level, and will allow MultiCare to implement standard tools, processes and regionwide best practices.

The hospitalist programs at Tacoma General Hospital, Allenmore Hospital and Covington Medical Center will transition to Sound Physicians on April 5, 2021. Sound hospitalists are already working at three other MultiCare facilities – Tacoma General Hospital, Allenmore Hospital, and Covington Medical Center.

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