Cogent HMG Regional Chief Medical Officer Shaun Frost, MD, Elected 2012-2013 SHM President

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cogent HMG Regional Chief Medical Officer Shaun Frost, M.D., SFHM, has been elected by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Board to serve as the SHM President for the 2012-2013 year. Along with this honor, Dr. Frost will serve a three-year term on the SHM Executive Committee, effective immediately.

“It is an incredible honor to be elected to this position with SHM,” said Frost, who serves as CMO for the Northeastern Region of Cogent HMG. “SHM is an outstanding organization comprised of industry thought leaders and innovative hospital professionals. After working with the Society for many years as a physician member, I look forward to stepping into this new role and having the opportunity to help shape the future of hospital medicine.”

SHM is the nation’s largest organization in representing hospitalists and the practice of hospital medicine, with membership totaling 10,000 practicing hospitalists and more than 30,000 individuals in the hospital medicine profession.

“Shaun Frost’s leadership within SHM has already been a major asset for hospitalists and their patients,” said SHM CEO Larry Wellikson, M.D., SFHM. “As President Elect, Dr. Frost will have an opportunity to provide his own brand of national leadership for our growing specialty and the thousands of hospitalists nationwide.”

Frost has been a practicing hospitalist since 1998, and has been an active member of SHM since 1999. He is currently a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM), serves on the Board of Directors for SHM, is a past chair of the SHM Membership Committee and former Treasurer on the SHM Board of Directors. In 2005, he was honored with the National Award for Clinical Excellence from SHM.

“Cogent HMG is so proud to have Dr. Frost as a leader in our organization,” said Rusty Holman, M.D., MHM, Chief Clinical Officer of newly merged Cogent HMG. “This is a position well deserved by Dr. Frost, whose contributions to SHM and the field of hospital medicine have been nationally recognized and make him uniquely suited to this role. Shaun is a distinguished leader in hospital medicine who has an intimate understanding of patient care settings ranging from small community hospitals to large major academic centers.”

The recognition of Dr. Frost comes on the heels of the industry-changing merger between Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalist Management Group (HMG) in April to form the largest private hospitalist company in the nation. The Cogent HMG brand stands prominent in the hospitalist leadership community, now calling two of 14 SHM Presidents their own. In addition, two of the seven SHM Masters Fellows are Cogent HMG physicians, and two Cogent HMG hospitalists have served as State Governors for the American College of Physicians Board of Governors.

Dr. Frost joined Cogent in 2006. He began his career at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was the director of non-teaching inpatient services. As a prior faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University medical schools, Frost has extensive speaking and writing experience on a variety of healthcare topics. Dr. Frost is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Senior Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.

About Cogent Healthcare

Founded in 1997, Cogent Healthcare is a pioneer and leader in the field of hospital medicine and critical care medicine. The company partners with hospitals to build and manage highly performing hospitalist programs and intensivist programs. In order to relentlessly improve the care and efficiency of hospitalized patients, the Cogent model offers a comprehensive System of Care™ that supports hospitalists with structure, a coordinated care team, data driven processes, rigorous ongoing training and experienced leadership. Cogent physicians lead the profession by setting best practices for hospital medicine and providing a national mentoring program. For more information, visit www.cogenthealthcare.com.

About Hospitalists Management Group, LLC

In 1993, Dr. Stephen L. Houff, one of the true pioneers in the field of hospital medicine, forged the beginnings of a hospitalist service in Columbus, Ohio. Today, HMG has partnered with more than 60 hospitals in 18 states. HMG’s growth has been organically driven through new partnership startups and referrals. HMG supports more than 500 physicians and mid-level providers who continue to embody the service, quality and dedication upon which the organization is based. Within the medical systems it serves, HMG implements customized programs, yields measurable outcomes and drives continuous innovation. For more information, visit www.hmgdoc.com.

About SHM

Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 31,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists can contribute to decreased patient lengths of stay, reductions in hospital costs and readmission rates, and increased patient satisfaction.



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