MARIETTA — WellStar Health System announced on Tuesday that Val Akopov, M.D., has been appointed as vice president and chief of hospitalist services. In his new role, Akopov will now oversee 35 hospitalists at WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals.
“WellStar’s hospitalists play an important role in inpatient care and are typically trained in internal medicine,” WellStar spokesman Keith Bowermaster said. “From admission through discharge, they focus exclusively on inpatient care and may order tests, monitor a patient’s recovery from surgery, prescribe medicine and implement treatment options to ensure a patient’s best outcome.”
Most recently, Akopov served as director of hospital medicine services for Emory University Hospital Midtown, where he helped establish the facility’s academic hospitalist program. Akopov was the hospital’s director of care coordination, where he oversaw operations of social services and the utilization review department.
* Donnie McGrath of Marietta-based Moore & Cubbedge has announced the promotion of Denise A. O’Connell and Christopher M. Bailey to associate partners.
O’Connell has been with the firm for 10 years and assists in managing the tax and accounting practice of the firm. Bailey has provided tax expertise for the firm for six years and also assists in managing the tax practice.