Brian Bossard, MD, FACP, FHM was the first physician in Nebraska to practice hospital medicine, and one of the first in the country to provide hospitalist services. Hospitalist care in Lincoln began in 1993 at Lincoln General Hospital. In 1997, Lincoln General Hospital merged with Bryan Memorial Hospital to form Bryan Medical Center. As demand for hospitalist care grew, Dr. Bossard worked with medical center administrators to develop a collaborative model to provide 24/7 inpatient care at Bryan Medical Center.
Inpatient Physician Associates (IPA) was founded in 2001 as a result of these collaborative efforts. Hospitalist services were first provided by IPA in August of 2002 at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. In August 2009, IPA North Platte began directing hospitalist services at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska. In August 2010, IPA Columbus began providing hospitalist services at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska. The practice standards pioneered at IPA have been featured in many medical journals and texts, and IPA has become a nationally recognized leader in the hospital medicine movement. Consultative services have been provided by Dr. Bossard and IPA for many new and existing hospitalist programs throughout the country.