Hospitalist movers and shakers – December 2021


Narine Sargsyan, MD, recently was named the 2021 Alton Memorial Hospital (Alton, Ill.) Chairman’s Award winner. Serving as BJC Medical Group’s hospitalist medical director and hospital department chief of medicine, Dr. Sargsyan won the award based on the nominations of her fellow physicians.

Dr. Narine Sargsyan of Alton (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, holds her Chairman's Award plaque.

Dr. Narine Sargsyan of Alton (Ill.) Memorial Hospital holds her Chairman's Award plaque.

The Chairman’s Award goes to an Alton Memorial staff member acknowledged for contributions to the facility and the community, including promotion and execution of outstanding customer service. Dr. Sargsyan has been a point person for Alton’s treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, recruiting new hospitalists to treat hospital inpatients. She also served on a committee selecting the inaugural resident class for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Family Residency program.

Alice Tang, DO, recently was named chief medical officer at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (Woodbridge, Va.). The former medical director at Sentara Lake Ridge Hospital also directed the stroke program at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, so she is familiar with her new facility.

The hospital medicine veteran specialized in emergency medicine and earned her health care MBA from George Washington University. Dr. Tang said her goal as CMO is to enhance the care environment while simultaneously raising the level of the care given by Sentara providers.

Faisal Keen, MD, has been named 2021 Physician of the Year at Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Sarasota (Fla.) campus. The award winner was selected by a panel of SMH physician leaders.

Dr. Faisal Keen, Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital

Dr. Faisal Keen

Dr. Keen has been a hospitalist at SMH Sarasota for the past 6 years.

In presenting Dr. Keen with the award, the staff paid particular compliment to the care he provided to the facility’s hundreds of COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic. At one point during the surge, Dr. Keen worked 30 shifts during a single month. Among the praises he received during the award presentation were those for his efforts in hurricane preparedness and helping physicians at SMH utilize technology in their patient care.

Jeffrey Crowder, MSPA, PA-C, recently became the first physician assistant to be named chief of hospitalist service at Maine Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Augusta, Me.). He is the first PA to hold the position at any Maine VA hospital. Mr. Crowder held the role in an acting position for the previous year, helping Maine VA Augusta navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Crowder will oversee 13 physicians and 9 PAs in providing care to Maine’s veterans. Included in the facility are intensive care and medical surgery units. Mr. Crowder’s group is responsible for part-time coverage at the 60-bed Togus Community Living Center.

Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center (West Burlington, Iowa) has expanded its hospitalist program, adding the service to its Fort Madison campus. The health system’s hospitalist program was initiated at SEIRMC’s West Burlington campus back in 2010. That facility now includes 12 full-time and five part-time hospitalist physicians.

OB Hospitalist Group (Greenville, S.C.) has been acquired by Kohlberg & Company LLC (Mount Kisco, N.Y.), giving the nation’s largest dedicated obstetric hospitalist provider a new stakeholder. OBHG hopes to expand its services, which already include 200 hospital partners across 34 states.

OBHG’s network of providers includes more than 1,100 clinicians, with sites normally featuring an OB emergency department with a practicing ob.gyn. on site around the clock. Kohlberg & Company was founded in 1987 and has organized nine private equity funds, raising $12 billion of equity capital.

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