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10/17/11: Emerson Hospital names director of hospital medicine program

David Handin, M.D., was recently named director of the hospital medicine program at Emerson Hospital.

Dr. Handin has been a full-time hospitalist at Emerson for the past seven years. “Dr. Handin is well-respected by the physician and nursing staff as a superb clinician and compassionate caregiver,” said Greg Martin, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president of clinical affairs at Emerson Hospital.

During the past year, Dr. Handin has performed some of the interim management duties for the hospitalist service.  “I am very pleased that he is willing to step up and assume full leadership responsibility for the hospitalist physicians,” said Dr. Martin. “His familiarity with Emerson and his existing relationships among the staff will allow him to quickly assimilate to his new role.”

A Massachusetts native and father of three who grew up in Needham, Dr. Handin attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., and then trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He began his career in Arizona, where he served for two years in the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation and then worked for two more years in a small-town medical practice in Bisbee, Ariz.  He returned to Massachusetts in 2000, at which time he served as an attending physician on the hospitalist service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

In 2004, Dr. Handin joined Emerson Hospital as a full-time hospitalist. He has been with the hospitalist group as it evolved and grew from four physicians to more than 10.  “We are a solid group of physicians that care about this community, and I look forward to the chance to improve the service and care that we provide,” said Dr. Handin.  “As the director, I see many opportunities to build on an already well-established base and make improvements in quality care, efficient care, and communication with our primary care providers.”

As director of the hospital medicine program, Dr. Handin is a hospital-based internist who treats adult inpatients and does not have a private office practice. Emerson’s hospitalists are Board-certified physicians in internal medicine or pediatrics who specialize in hospital care from admission to discharge. Hospitalists, who are part of the treatment team during hospital stays, and primary care physicians communicate with each other to ensure that patients receive high-quality, seamless care. Because a hospitalist is on-site in the hospital, they are accessible around-the-clock. A hospitalist coordinates care with medical and surgical specialists, discharge planners, home health care, skilled nursing, and specialized rehabilitation. Over the past decade, hospitalists have grown from just a few hundred to more than 30,000 hospitalists now practicing, and the Society of Hospital Medicine anticipates that there will be more than 40,000 in the next few years.