IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM), a leading national hospitalist physician group practice company, announced today that thirty-seven of its Practice Group Leaders from around the country have successfully completed the Fellowship in Hospitalist Leadership given by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Hospital Medicine and its Center for the Health Professions. Graduates of this Fellowship program have completed an intensive one-year training and education program designed to provide leadership skills to the hospitals they serve, with the goal of improving the quality of care and the efficiencies of the inpatient care delivery system.

The members of the first graduating class, selected from among the Company’s nearly 200 Practice Group Leaders, participated in a variety of learning modalities, including core program seminars, executive coaching sessions, webinars and on-site meetings. In addition to learning leadership skills, the Fellows also received training in quality improvement and patient safety. An important feature of the program is the mentored implementation project, where the Fellows selected a key area in their own hospital, and, working with UCSF program faculty, developed and executed a plan to improve it, with measurable results.

Adam Singer, M.D., chairman and CEO of IPC The Hospitalist Company, commented, “Our nation calls out for leadership from every corner of the political and economic arena, and this is especially true for our healthcare system. With the UCSF Fellowship program, IPC is demonstrating a commitment to provide the clinical leadership so urgently needed to hospitals and post-acute care facilities. Forging a true partnership with healthcare facilities by providing more expert physician leadership is, in our view, the surest path to true healthcare reform.”

Robert Wachter, M.D., who coined the term ‘hospitalist’ in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996 and is the Chief of UCSF’s Division of Hospital Medicine, added, “As I discussed in my blog this week, the IPC Fellowship program is both transformative and groundbreaking, and points the way toward the future of hospital medicine. We must find ways to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of hospital medicine. This Fellowship creates a cohort of physician-leaders who are trained and certified to do just that. My colleagues and I salute the new IPC Fellows who worked so hard to earn this achievement, and we look forward to tracking their progress.” Wachter serves as senior faculty for the Fellowship program, along with Ed O’Neil, director of the UCSF Center for the Health Professions and an internationally respected figure in healthcare leadership training. The co-directors of the fellowship are UCSF hospitalists and leadership experts Arpana Vidyarthi, M.D. and Niraj Sehgal, M.D., MPH.

A second cohort of more than forty IPC Practice Group Leaders has already started their UCSF Fellowship program. Anticipated graduation for this class is November 2012, at which time there will be approximately 80 Fellows in Hospitalist Leadership in the IPC practice groups.

About IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM) is a leading physician group practice company focused on the delivery of hospitalist medicine and related facility-based services. IPC's physicians and affiliated providers manage the care of patients in coordination with primary care physicians and specialists. The Company offers its providers the comprehensive training, information technology, and management support systems necessary to improve the quality and reduce the cost of patient care in the facilities it serves. For more information, visit the IPC website at www.hospitalist.com.

About UCSF’s Division of Hospital Medicine

The UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine (DHM) is an academic leader in the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. UCSF faculty coined the term ‘hospitalist’, launched the nation’s first hospital medicine residency and fellowship training programs, developed the first hospitalist/palliative care program, and wrote the field’s first textbook. The 50 members of the DHM have won scores of clinical, teaching, research, and leadership awards, including several national awards from the Society of Hospital Medicine, American Hospital Association, and Joint Commission. More information about the division can be found at http://hospitalmedicine.ucsf.edu/home/index.html

About the UCSF Center for the Health Professions

The mission of the UCSF Center for the Health Professions is to transform health care through workforce research and leadership development. Since 1992, the Center has offered solutions-driven approaches to the toughest health care challenges through three areas of focus: Leadership Programs, to empower change agents at every level and within all sectors of the health care system; Research, to understand today's workforce issues and design actionable strategies to solve them; and Consulting Services, to creatively and collaboratively address individual and organizational needs. Learn more about the Center at http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu/

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