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Lexington, Ky. (March 6, 2019) – CHI Saint Joseph Health is pleased to announce Viren S. Bavishi, DO, has been selected as the new president of the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group, the employed provider network of CHI Saint Joseph Health with 88 locations in 16 communities throughout central and eastern Kentucky.

“Dr. Bavishi has an impressive background to lead our medical group,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “With nearly 20 years of experience in the clinical and practice management setting, he is a proven leader with a commitment to teamwork, collaboration and transparency in every regard. We are excited that he will be a part of the CHI Saint Joseph Health family.”

Dr. Bavishi will join the CHI Saint Joseph Health leadership team May 1, 2019. He comes to Kentucky from Banner Medical Group, an integrated delivery system headquartered in Phoenix that spans six states and employs more than 1,200 providers. He served in several leadership roles, most recently as chief medical officer, where he helped to strengthen the relationship between physicians and administration while delivering excellent results for patients.

“I am looking forward to leading the medical group and working collaboratively to ensure that we continue to provide high-quality care and a great experience for our patients,” said Dr. Bavishi. “I am impressed with the commitment and legacy of excellence that CHI Saint Joseph Health has brought to the community. I am excited to join this leadership team and can’t wait to put down roots in this wonderful community.”

Although he has lived in Arizona the past four and a half years, Dr. Bavishi is originally from Illinois, where he earned his DO from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Ill., and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. Dr. Bavishi is from a family of physicians, but originally majored in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He changed his major to pre-med after taking courses in anatomy and physiology and decided medicine was his true calling.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group
CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group is the employed provider network of CHI Saint Joseph Health with 88 locations in 16 communities throughout central and eastern Kentucky.



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