ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Hospital Physicians, a physician-led hospitalist management firm for hospitals across the U.S., announced today that its Chief Medical Officer, David Gates, M.D., has achieved the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) designation from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. Dr. Gates joins an elite group of approximately 2,400 other CPEs internationally—physicians who go beyond the clinical to earn credentials in executive management, leadership, and communication.
"We are extremely proud of Dr. Gates and his passion for excellence in everything he does," said Talbot "Mac" McCormick, M.D., President and CEO of Eagle Hospital Physicians. "He exemplifies our culture at Eagle, where we have a consistent focus on advancing our skills and our expertise to serve our hospital partners better. This designation is not easy to achieve, and it illustrates Dr. Gates' commitment to his role as leader of our growing hospitalist team."
A board-certified internist, Dr. Gates joined Eagle in 2011 as a hospitalist and has been a full-time executive with the company since 2012. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Gates has a Ph.D. and an MBA. A graduate management degree or 150 hours of tested management education is required for the CPE designation, as well as at least one year of leadership experience and completion of a four-day capstone project. Each individual's project concludes with a six-minute video presentation demonstrating leadership values, style and philosophy.
Dr. Gates completed his capstone in November 2016.
"The CPE is a designation that recognizes both education, experience and training for physicians that step from the clinical side into the administrative arena," said Dr. Gates. "I felt that in combination with the other things I have done to enhance my career and my preparation, the CPE designation was appropriate." Endorsed by the American Association for Physician Leadership, the CPE designation has become a benchmark of quality and expertise for physicians in management positions.
What does Dr. Gates' CPE designation mean for Eagle? "As physicians, we are trained in medical school to take care of patients, but the qualifications are different when you transition to leading others, and physicians end up developing leadership and communication skills indigenously," Dr. Gates said. "As CMO, I am focused on raising the bar in terms of the qualifications and skillsets of our medical directors to lead, inspire, and manage others. We encourage our physicians to 'up their leadership game' early in their careers, so they can be prepared to take on an executive role when the time comes."
EHP supports hospitalist programs in hospitals across the U.S. Led by physicians who are pioneers in the hospitalist movement, the company delivers turnkey hospitalist programs, multi-specialty telemedicine programs, physician recruitment and support services, and Clinical Performance Management (CPM) services to in-house hospitalist programs. With years of experience in hospital leadership and thousands of successful client engagements, EHP shares its expertise through tailored solutions that meet the evolving needs of hospitals today. For more information, visit www.eaglehospitalphysicians.com.
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SOURCE Eagle Hospital Physicians