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Dr. Larry Holder Earns Fellow in Hospital Medicine Designation


Decatur, Ill.– The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has announced that Decatur Memorial Hospital Hospitalist Larry W. Holder, M.D., has earned the Fellow in the Hospital Medicine (FHM) designation.  Becoming a fellow is an avenue for special recognition for society members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and the hospital medicine society.

 “Until now, hospitalists have not had a way to distinguish themselves from their colleagues,” said SHM CEO Larry Wellikson, M.D.  “The FHM designation gives hospitalists a chance to set themselves apart and be recognized for all of their work that continues to make hospital medicine the fastest growing medical specialty in history.”

 A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine.  To be designated as a Fellow in Hospital Medicine, an applicant must be a hospitalist for five years, a member of SHM for three years, demonstrate their dedication to quality and process improvement, commitment to organizational teamwork and leadership, as well as lifelong learning and education.

 Approximately 175 hospitalists will be inducted as fellows at Hospital Medicine 2011 in Dallas, May 10-13.

 The Society of Hospital Medicine

The Society of Hospital Medicine is the premier medical society representing hospitalists.  Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay and reduce hospital costs and readmission rates, all while increasing patient satisfaction.  Hospital medicine is the fastest-growing specialty in modern healthcare, with more than 28,000 hospitalists currently practicing and an upward growth trajectory in full force.  For more information about SHM, visit, and for information about the fellows program, visit


Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois.

Today, DMH is a 365-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians.

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