NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- C. Thomas Smith, immediate past president and chief executive officer of VHA Inc. and a former chairman of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association, has been elected to the board of directors of IPC - The Hospitalist Company, effective immediately.
IPC is the nation's premier hospitalist company, employing more than 300 physicians who care for patients in nearly 200 hospitals nationwide. These hospitalists focus on a patient's hospital care from time of admission to discharge and work in close consultation with the primary care physician to manage the entire inpatient episode of care. In 2003 IPC physicians had more than 920,000 patient encounters, a 32 percent increase from 2002 and a nearly tripling in size from the 322,000 encounters in 2000.
"Tom is a tremendous addition to the IPC board as he brings to our team a deep understanding of the hospital industry and a strong commitment to helping companies that are focused on improving the quality of care in hospitals," said IPC Chairman of the Board and CEO Adam Singer, M.D. "Hospitalists are all about quality and outcomes, being at the hospital to oversee care, answer questions and assure the smooth coordination of all hospital services. In doing so, hospitalists have become the true drivers of the delivery system."
Smith served as president and CEO of VHA from 1991 until his retirement last year. VHA is a nationwide network of 2,200 leading community-owned healthcare organizations and their affiliated physicians, comprising 25 percent of the nation's community hospitals, including many of the nation's largest and most respected institutions. Smith's leadership at VHA resulted in Modern Healthcare naming him one of the 25 most influential healthcare leaders of the last 25 years. He was also selected by the magazine's readers as #4 among the "100 Most Influential People" in healthcare.
Before joining VHA, Smith served for 14 years as president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital and as president and CEO of Yale-New Haven Health Services Corp. Immediately prior he served as vice president and executive director of hospitals and clinics for Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and before that as associate director of hospitals and director of medical center planning for the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center in Minneapolis.
Smith currently serves on the boards of Kinetic Concepts Inc., San Antonio; Neoforma Inc., San Jose; and Renal Care Group, Nashville. Previously, he was also a director of Genentech, South San Francisco, and New Haven Savings Bank, New Haven. In addition to his role as chairman of the American Hospital Association board of trustees in 1991, Smith is also a past chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals. He is also a former member of the boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the International Hospital Federation, the Hospital Research and Educational Trust, the National Committee on Quality Health Care, the Jackson Hole Group and the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Founded in 1995, IPC today works with more than 12,000 referring physicians and over 1,000 health plans to manage more than $1 billion in healthcare expenditures annually. In addition to its owned practices in ten markets around the country, the company has a consulting division that helps hospitals and other healthcare organizations launch new hospitalist programs or enhance existing ones.
Information on IPC may be obtained at http://www.hospitalist.com/ .
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