About Us

Benefits

The Leader in urban, rural and CAH Hospitalist Programs.

Hospital Care Group is leading the way in providing innovative hospital medicine solutions to urban, rural, and critical access hospitals.

Established in 2012, Hospital Care Group has moved quickly to become a premier provider of hospital medicine services.

HCG is physician-owned, physician-led, and physician-run.

At the core of our company culture is a philosophy of "the less bureaucracy, the better".  We are large enough to serve any size hospital, yet small and nimble enough to act fast and move fast.

We are dedicated and determined with a real passion for meeting and exceeding all expectations on delivering high-quality, high-value hospitalist programs to hospitals.

Hospital Care Group

Mission

Transforming the way small hospitals deliver inpatient care.

  • Our Mission

    • To bring high-quality, cost-effective hospital medicine solutions to urban, rural, and critical access hospitals.

  • Our Vision

    • To transform the way hospitals deliver inpatient care to their patients.

  • Our Core Values

    • Outstanding Quality.
    • Remarkable Service.
    • Sustained Excellence.
    • Constant Innovation.
    • Exceptional Teamwork.

History

A Market Leader Established in 2012.

2007

Dr. Khurrum Shaikh becomes Hospitalist Program Medical Director for the Parkview Health System, the leading hospital system in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  At Parkview, Dr. Shaikh takes the hospitalist program from startup and builds it into a significant hospitalist service, treating over 120 inpatients per day at two large hospitals.

2011

Dr. Shaikh sees that although hospitalist programs were successful and prevalent in large hospitals and urban areas, smaller community hospitals, and critical access hospitals were in dire need of finding solutions.

April 2012

Dr. Shaikh teams up with Mark Drapala, a hospital executive who also saw, from the first-hand experience, the difficulty smaller hospitals had implementing high-quality, cost-effective hospitalist programs.

October 2012

Together, Dr. Shaikh and Mr. Drapala launched the Hospital Care Group, P.C. (HCG), with the mission of providing high-quality, high-value hospital medicine solutions to hospitals in need.  Almost immediately, Hospital Care Group contracts with its first client - Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Indiana, and Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville, Ohio.  At Cameron, HCG pioneers a tiered-pricing payment structure.

November 2012

HCG pioneers a Transitional Hospitalist Program at Mercy Defiance Clinic in Defiance, Ohio. This program provides on-site nighttime hospitalist coverage as well as weekend and vacation coverage.

August 2013

HCG pioneers a Joint Hospitalist Program with Fulton County Hospital in Wauseon, Ohio.  HCG teams up with Fulton's employed hospitalist to provide a complete hospitalist solution.

May 2014

HCG contracts with its first urban hospital, Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Dupont is part of the Lutheran Health Network, northeast Indiana's largest health provider and Community Health Systems, the parent organization with over 100 acute care hospitals nationwide.

December 2014

HCG establishes a Joint Hospitalist Program with Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, Ohio.  HCG creates a unique joint employment partnership with the hospital's hospital-employed internist.

January 2015

HCG implements Ingenious Med's mobile charge capture system to create a seamless billing system from the bedside to the payor.

March 2015

HCG contracts with Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio, to establish Mercer's first hospitalist program.

April 2015 

HCG contracts with St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  St. Joseph is also part of the Lutheran Health Network.  St. Joe's will be HCG's largest program, with the hospitalist program seeing over 30 patients per day.

June 2015

HCG contracts with Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana, to support their existing hospitalist program by adding one additional physician to their service.

November 2015

Wood County Hospital becomes HCG's tenth hospitalist program.  Wood, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, maintained a robust hospitalist service before turning to HCG to implement its brand of high-quality hospital medicine. The Wood program will employ four hospitalists and two mid-level providers.

May 2016

HCG contracts with Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton, Indiana.  Bluffton is the third Lutheran Health Network hospital HCG provides hospitalist services to.

March 2017

HCG and Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, OH agree to have HCG take over their hospitalist program starting October 1, 2017.  The Wayne service will include four hospitalists and two mid-levels.

August 2018

HCG assumes responsibility for the adult inpatient psychiatric service and Generations inpatient unit at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  HCG creates a unique model of Psychiatrists teamed with inpatient psychiatric N.P.s to staff the two units.

Fact Sheet

The Premier Hospitalist Company for urban, rural and CAH hospitals.

Hospital Care Group at a glance

  • Established in October 2012.
  • Headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Founded by Dr. Khurrum Shaikh and Mark Drapala.
  • Maintains hospitalist contracts with hospitals in Indiana and Ohio.

Solutions include

  • Limited Volume Hospitalist Programs.
  • Full Time Hospitalist Programs.
  • Joint-Program Hospitalist Programs.
  • Transitional Hospitalist Programs.

Contact Information

Hospital Care Group, P.C.
6435 Jefferson Blvd., PMB #109
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Phone: (260) 344-4035
Fax: (260) 969-9272

For Hospitalist Solutions

Mark Drapala
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (260) 241-5318
Email: mdrapala@hospitalcaregroup.net

For Physician & NP/PA Recruitment

Mark Drapala
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (260) 241-5318
Email: mdrapala@hospitalcaregroup.net

Philosophy

ALWAYS say "YES!"

It is at the core of what we are all about.

At Hospital Care Group, we clearly understand our role --- to take your inpatient admissions and treat them with great care and outstanding customer service.

We understand that we are at your facility to make sure that every patient that can stay in your hospital does and that we fully meet the inpatient medical needs of your referring physicians.

We love taking your referring physician admissions, even if the physician doesn't regularly use our hospitalist service.

Also, we will not turn away any patient that is presented to our service. If the admission is suspect, we first admit and care for the patient, and later we will work within your case management framework, as well as communicate through the appropriate administrative and medical staff channels, or directly with the referring physician, to ensure that all admissions are appropriate.

We are all about saying "YES!".

Leadership

Our Leadership. Committed & Passionate Experts.

Shaikh

Khurrum Shaikh, M.D.

President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Shaikh is the former Medical Director of the Parkview Regional Medical Center's Hospitalist Program in Fort Wayne, IN.  Dr. Shaikh started the Parkview Program in 2007 and was the key driver in building it into a major hospitalist service seeing over 120 patients per day at two large hospitals.  Dr. Shaikh is board-certified in Internal Medicine and completed his residency at the Medical College of Ohio.  Dr. Shaikh holds a firm belief that high-quality, comprehensive hospital medicine should not be exclusive to large hospitals and tertiary centers.

MarkDrapala

Mark Drapala, MHSA

Chief Executive Officer
Mark Drapala has over 25 years of executive leadership experience at hospitals in both the Midwest and West Coast.  He has been administratively responsible for hospitalist programs since 2007 and has implemented programs for both large and small hospitals.  Mark received his Master's degree from the University of Michigan.  Mark knows it takes real "value-based" innovation to meet the unique needs of hospitals and provide effective inpatient programs in a cost-effective way.

Clinical Team

Experienced and Dedicated to Excellent Care.

Physicians

  • Khurrum Shaikh, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH

  • Musa Abdalla, M.D.
    Board Certified - Family Practice
    Residency - Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN

  • Khaled Abuhanttash, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

  • Kiran Afshan, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine, Board Eligible - Infectious Disease
    Residency - Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, OH

  • Ammar Asif, M.D.
    Board Eligible - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY

  • Doug Cifunetes, D.O.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - St. Vincent's Mercy Hospital, Toledo, OH

  • Benji Chong, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - New York Medical College, New Rochelle, NY

  • Derek Forsthoefel, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Walter Reed Military Hospital, Washington D.C.

  • Aditya Garg, M.D.
    Board Eligible - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

  • Kristian Henriquez, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

  • Scott Jarvis, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH

  • Fatima Khurrum, M.D.
    Board Certified - Family Medicine
    Residency - Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, Fort Wayne, IN

  • Niroshan Kirupa, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Mercy Hospital, Chicago, IL

  • Faysal Masserweh, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - New York Medical College, Newark, NJ

  • Kamel Massarweh, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - New York Medical College, Patterson, NJ

  • Smitha Patibandla, M.D.
    Board Certified - Psychiatry
    Residency - Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, IN

  • Margiori Rodriguez, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

  • Ranbir Singh, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Vinicius Teixeira, M.D.
    Board Certified - Psychiatry
    Residency - University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

  • Alyssa Tobe, M.D.
    Board Eligible - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Wright State University, Dayton, OH

  • Ezechukwu Umeh, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Canton Medical Education Foundation, Canton, OH

  • Brian Wait, M.D.
    Board Certified - Internal Medicine
    Residency - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants

  • Karry Clapper, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Addison, IL

  • Terri Eldridge, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

  • Jennifer Foley, AGPCNP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

  • Michelle Fuhr, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

  • Kari Hackley, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

  • Amanda Hassleman, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

  • Brittany Homan, PA-C
    Certified Physician Assistant
    MS Physician's Assistant, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

  • Irene Hoover, PMHNP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Chanda Jordon, PA-C
    Certified Physician Assistant
    Masters, Physician Assistant, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

  • Andrea Linhart, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Chamberlain University, Downers Grove, IL

  • Ric Miller, PA-C
    Certified Physician Assistant
    Masters, Physician Assistant, Wingate University, NC

  • Tina Montanaro, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, University of Central Florida, FL

  • George Moussally, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

  • Candace Nicholas, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver, CO

  • Lisa Omo-Griffith, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

  • Melody Shaw, PA-C
    Certified Physician Assistant
    Masters, Physician Assistant, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

  • Neil Shorb, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

  • Krista Thornberry, NP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

  • Werner Wolff, PMHNP-C
    Certified Nurse Practitioner
    MS in Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

Administrative Team

Looking forward to being of service to you!

  • Khurrum Shaikh, M.D.
    President & CMO

  • Mark Drapala, MHSA
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Karina Pedroza
    Billing Supervisor

  • Yesenia Huguenard 
    Billing Specialist

  • Cheli Pedroza
    Billing Specialist

  • Ruth Reinhold
    Credentialing Specialist
    Tri-State Medical Group

  • Tara Miller
    Payroll Specialist
    Miller CPA

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HCG is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

HCG may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.

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