Kunal Bhagat, M.D., of the Department of Medicine and IPC Healthcare Inc., received the 2014 IPC Healthcare Acute Care Hospitalist of the Year Award. IPC Healthcare is the nation’s leading national physician group practice focused on the delivery of hospital medicine and related facility-based services.
The award recognizes Dr. Bhagat for demonstrating selflessness and commitment to the goal of elevating his group’s performance and stature that often goes beyond personal recognition; his participation on hospital committees; and excellence as a Green Belt/Lean Six Sigma team co-leader for a recent project titled “Reduction of Inappropriate Physical Therapy Consults.“
Dr. Bhagat was named Christiana Care Outstanding Teacher in 2012-2013 and was recently recognized for Excellence in Hospital Medicine by the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
A graduate of the Christiana Care internal medicine residency program, he practiced outpatient medicine independently for six years before becoming a full-time hospitalist 12 years ago. His broad experience has given him clinical confidence and an expanded repertoire as a hospitalist that has elevated him in the eyes of residents and colleagues alike. Dr. Bhagat consistently scores highest among hospitalists on resident surveys.
Dr. Bhagat is physician group co-leader of IPC at Christiana Hospital. He served the Department of Medicine Executive Committee as a member-at-large for four years and as secretary-treasurer of the Medical-Dental Staff Executive Committee for two years.
“Dr. Bhagat is most deserving of this national award,” said Virginia U. Collier, M.D., MACP, Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of the Department of Medicine. “He is an outstanding clinician and a role model for colleagues, residents and students. Christiana Care and his patients are fortunate that he is a member of the Medical-Dental Staff.”