IPC Healthcare Physician Kunal Bhagat Named an ACP Top Hospitalist for 2015

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IPC Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM), a leading national acute hospitalist and post-acute provider organization, announced today that Kunal Bhagat, M.D., FACP was named by ACP Hospitalist, a publication of the American College of Physicians, as one of the Top Ten Hospitalists in the nation. Dr. Bhagat, who works at Christiana Care Health System’s Department of Medicine, was profiled in the publication’s November 2015 Top Hospitalists issue.

IPC Practice Group Leader, Kunal Bhagat, M.D., FACP Honored by ACP Hospitalist

IPC Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM), a leading national acute hospitalist and post-acute provider organization, announced today that Kunal Bhagat, M.D., FACP was named by ACP Hospitalist, a publication of the American College of Physicians, as one of the Top Ten Hospitalists in the nation. Dr. Bhagat, who works at Christiana Care Health System’s Department of Medicine, was profiled in the publication’s November 2015 Top Hospitalists issue.

“Dr. Bhagat is most deserving of this national award,” said Virginia U. Collier, M.D., MACP, Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine. “He is an outstanding clinician. In many ways, he is 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.”

Dr. Bhagat joined IPC in November 2012 when his former group was acquired by IPC. Dr. Bhagat was named Christiana Care Outstanding Teacher in 2012-2013 and has been 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, Dr. Bhagat currently serves as IPC’s Practice Group co-leader for Christiana Care’s Christiana Hospital, located in Newark, Delaware, where he provides daily clinical leadership for hospitalists. Dr. Bhagat also serves on five health system committees and is a Lean Six Sigma Team Leader. Most recently he led a team on a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project to reduce inappropriate physical therapy consults. The project has successfully reduced inappropriate physical therapy consults to nearly 10 percent from 40 percent. As a result, there have been quality improvements in patient care, including the elimination of unnecessary delays and discharges.

“We are very proud that Dr. Bhagat has been honored by ACP Hospitalist as one of the country’s preeminent hospitalists,” said Adam Singer, M.D., chairman and CEO of IPC Healthcare. “His collaborative leadership and dedication to high-quality patient care embody IPC’s core values of leadership, professionalism and teamwork. He is an outstanding example of our commitment to the delivery of the highest quality patient care. Being named a Top Hospitalist is a well-deserved recognition.”

Dr. Bhagat was also chosen as one of IPC’s “Clinicians of the Year” for 2014, the highest honor bestowed upon anyone at the company. Recognition is given to those IPC clinical leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the Company, to their facility and to the patients they serve, both in acute and post-acute care settings.

About IPC Healthcare, Inc.
IPC Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM) is a leading national acute hospitalist and post-acute provider group practice company. IPC Healthcare’s affiliated physicians and other clinical providers practice in approximately 400 hospitals and 2,000 post-acute care facilities. The Company offers its more than 2,000 employed clinicians comprehensive training, information technology, and management support systems to improve the quality and reduce the cost of patient care in the facilities it serves. For more information, visit the IPC Healthcare website at http://www.ipchealthcare.com.

About Christiana Care Health System
Christiana Care Health System is one of the country’s largest health care systems, ranking as the 22nd leading hospital in the nation and 12th on the East Coast in terms of admissions. The health system includes The Christiana Care Medical Group, a network of primary care physicians, medical and surgical specialists as well as home health care, preventive medicine, rehabilitation services and patient/family advisors for core health care services. A not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women's health services. Christiana Care has an extensive range of outpatient services, and through Christiana Care Quality Partners, Christiana Care works closely with its medical staff to achieve better health, better access to care and lower cost. Christiana Care is home to Delaware's only Level I trauma center, the highest capability center and the only one of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Christiana Care features a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, the only delivering hospital in Delaware that offers this highest level of care to the most critically ill newborns. Christiana Care includes two hospitals with 1,100 patient beds.

For more information about Christiana Care, visit http://www.christianacare.org/whoweare.

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