Alliance Founding Members
Society of Hospital Medicine

Representing the fastest-growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 34,000 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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Dr. Melissa Parkhurst

Dr. Melissa Parkhurst
Melissa Parkhurst, MD, FHM, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and serves as Medical Director of the hospitalist section at the University of Kansas Hospital. She has been with the Department at the University of Kansas Hospital since 2001 and a Fellow in Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) since 2010.

In addition, Dr. Parkhurst has been the Medical Director of the Nutrition Support Service at the University of Kansas Hospital since 2002. She currently works with five RD, CNSD members, pharmacists and a RN, CNS who is also board certified in clinical nutrition support. Dr. Parkhurst oversees the daily PN management of adult hospitalized patients as well as the small bowel feeding tube placement team activities.

Dr. Parkhurst is a member of Society of Hospital Medicine, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and American College of Physicians. She is also a member of the Murphy Academic Society at the University of Kansas Hospital and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA).

Dr. Parkhurst graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating with her MD in 1996. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas and then entered private practice, returning to University of Kansas Hospital in 2001 to accept a faculty position.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller

Joseph A. Miller is currently Senior Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). In this role, Mr. Miller oversees Practice Management programs and leads other key business development functions.  He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for five years. In 2009 Mr. Miller assumed responsibility for SHM's Quality Initiatives (QI) function, leading the development of white papers and web-based resource rooms, conducting educational programs, and providing "mentored implementation" programs at hundreds of hospitals. 

Mr. Miller has more than 35 years of management, consulting, and research experience in the healthcare industry. The focus of his work has been on strategic innovation, often involving the use of technology. In addition, Mr. Miller has extensive experience in tracking and incorporating best business practices, program design and implementation, and organizational change management. His previous employers and clients have included hospitals, medical groups, health plans, and academia.

Mr. Miller has a BS from Cornell University and a MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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