Southern Michigan Chapter


President: Scott Kaatz, DO
Hospital: Hurley Hospital

Vice President: Peter Watson, MD
Hospital: Henry Ford Medical Group

Treasurer: Anita Hart, MD
Hospital: University of Michigan

Secretary: Amy Field, MD
Hospital: Trinity Health/St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor/Livingston

Membership Director: Hardik Bhansali, MD
Hospital: Henry Ford

Immediate Past President: Paul Grant, MD
Hospital: University of Michigan

Genesee, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties represent the Southern Michigan Chapter.

Upcoming Meetings

Southern Michigan Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:00p.m.
The Inn at St. John's
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
(734) 414-0600

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Welcome Reception
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Dinner and Speaker Presentation
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Business Meeting

Speaker: Brian Harte, MD, SFHM, Incoming President, Society of Hospital Medicine
President, Hillcrest Hospital – Cleveland Clinic Health System
Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner
College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

Submit Your Accomplishments:  Our chapter recognizes member accomplishments during each meeting.  If you or a colleague has had notable accomplishments

September 2015
On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Southern Michigan Chapter held a meeting at Mitchell’s Fish Market in Livonia, Michigan. Approximately 30 attendees were present from ten different hospital medicine groups. Guest speaker Paul Grant, MD, SFHM, Past President of the Southern Michigan Chapter, Director of Perioperative Care, University of Michigan, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Assistant Professor of Medicine, presented on quality Initiatives with the Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium. Dr. Grant provided an overview of statewide quality efforts in:
  • VTE detection, risk reduction;
  • PICC line complications;
  • Antimicrobial resistance programs.

The Chapter recognizes two members for their local accomplishments:

  • Vineet Chopra (University of Michigan) for MAGIC published in Annals of IM 2015;
  • Scott Kaatz (Hurley Medical Center) for BRIDGE published in NEJM 2015.

June 2015
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, the Southern Michigan Chapter met at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Livonia, Michigan. Approximately 35 people were in attendance representing ten different hospital medicine groups. Speaker Christopher Seoung Kim, MD, is currently an associate professor in the departments of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan. Kim is a practicing hospitalist and also works in the offices of the faculty group practice and clinical affairs. Dr. Kim presented on care transitions and ensued discussion of patient readmission, collaboration with insurance payers on care innovations and evidence around readmission reduction.

January 2015
On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, the Southern Michigan Chapter held a chapter meeting at Mitchell’s Fish Market in Livonia, Michigan. Approximately 40 attendees were present, representing over 12 hospital medicine groups.  The meeting started with an hour long reception, followed by dinner and a presentation from Peter Watson, MD, FACP, FHM.  The topic for the meeting was “Observation Medicine: Form, Function, and Future.”

October 2014
The SHM Southern Michigan Chapter held its quarterly meeting on October 8, 2014 at Eddie Merlot’s in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and 42 members were in attendance. This was the Chapter’s fourth meeting as a provisional chapter, and the Chapter celebrated its first year in existence.

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m. by Dr. Paul Grant, Chapter President, and the Executive Committee was introduced to the Chapter members.

Members were advised to contact local hospitalist groups to provide email lists of staff for better communication about upcoming events. They were also encouraged to elect a local liaison in each group to foster communication.

Members were educated on SHM Awards of Excellence and encouraged to nominate a colleague or someone from our own group.

Information was highlighted about collaboration with the American College of Physicians Michigan Chapter and also about their upcoming annual meeting, which will feature a hospitalist track.

Members were updated about the recent publication by Michigan Hospital Medicine Consortium in JAMA about venous thromboembolism prophylaxis.

Dr. Paul Grant introduced Dr. Scott Flanders, who welcomed members to the event, congratulated the Chapter for its achievements and highlighted the importance of resident membership of SHM. Dr. Flanders delivered an educational program, “Update in Pneumonia: Hospital Medicine Perspective,” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This was an interactive session with many informative questions around evidenced-based therapies for pneumonia.

Dr. Bobby Lee provided a brief overview of the Chapter’s financials. The following was discussed regarding use of the surplus funds:

  • Collaborating with the SHM Northern Michigan Chapter and organizing a statewide meet and abstract competition;
  • Afford residents the funds for travel to attend the national SHM annual meeting;
  • Small-scale quality improvement projects in participating hospitals to promote research and resident participation;
  • Hosting a get-together at the national meet for Chapter members. Consider a get-together with a fellow chapter to promote the exchange of ideas and collaboration.

Chapter members were provided a copy of the Bylaws and the following was discussed:

  • It was announced that Chapter members must be members of SHM National in order to have a valid vote in regards to the Bylaws.
  • Amendments were made as per member suggestions: 1) President to remain as a board member for another year to provide direction to the Chapter Executive Committee; 2) Administrators were included in the Chapter membership.
  • The Bylaws with the new amendments were put up for a vote and passed unanimously.

February 2014
On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, the Southern Michigan Chapter met at Mitchell’s Restaurant in Livonia, Michigan. The event brought in more than 45 attendees representing 10 hospital groups. Chapter President Paul Grant, MD, kicked off the meeting. Dr. Louis Saravolatz, Chief of Medicine at St. John Medical Center, Detroit, delivered an education program titled, “Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infections: Lessons Learned.” The Chapter then held a business meeting to discuss membership types, bylaws and a review of the Chapter financials. The next meeting is scheduled for May 2014.

November 2013
The Southern Michigan Chapter met on November 21, 2013 at Bravo Restaurant, Livonia, Michigan. There were approximately 30 attendees (physicians and residents) from many local hospitalist groups from the following organizations: Oakwood Health System, Emergency Physician Medical Group, Henry Ford Hospital, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, University of Michigan Health System, Beaumont Hospital, Veterans’ Affairs Hospital – John Dingell Detroit, McLaren Lapeer Hospital, Detroit Medical Center Sinai Grace and Hurley Medical Center. There were number of special attendees, including SHM past president, Dr. Scott Flanders, in attendance who strongly supported the initiation of the new Chapter.

The program began with a one-hour CME course delivered by Dr. Scott Kaatz, FACP, FHM, Chief Quality Officer at Hurley Medical Center, entitled “Advanced Anti-Platelet Therapy for Non-ST-Segment-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome: The Hospital Medicine Perspective.” This was an interactive session with many informative questions around evidence-based therapies for acute coronary syndrome.

Following the educational session and meal, a business meeting was held with the attendees, nearly all of whom are SHM members, covering a variety of topics for the new Chapter:

  • The need to remain inclusive and increase participation in future Chapter meetings (physicians, residents and medical students)
  • Collaboration with existing Northern Michigan SHM Chapter

Potential needs of the Chapter were discussed including:

  • Future CME talks and topics
  • Discussion around advocacy on hospital medicine and patient care issues
  • Involvement of trainees to introduce them to the field of hospital medicine and careers in clinical and academic centers
  • Exploring reaching out to physician assistants and nurse practitioners involved in hospital medicine
  • Continued networking of local hospitalists to improve inpatient care

Next Steps discussed:

  • Setting up quarterly meetings in 2014 (next meeting tentatively scheduled for February 4, 2014)
  • Setting up at least one key contact in each local hospital medicine institution
  • Creating a member email list for future communications
  • Chapter get-together at SHM 2014 National Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada (March 24-27, 2014)
  • Election of officers; by unanimous consent a governing council was elected by those present:
    • Dr. Paul Grant, University of Michigan (President)
    • Dr. Scott Kaatz, Hurley Hospital (Vice President)
    • Dr. Bobby Lee, Oakwood Hospital (Treasurer)
    • Dr. Peter Watson, Henry Ford Hospital (Secretary)
    • Dr. Hardik Bhansali, Henry Ford, recognized for his work as Program Coordinator