Saint Joseph Hospital Recognizes 2021 Physician of Year; 2021 Advanced Practice Provider of the Year


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2021) – Saint Joseph Hospital recently recognized John Dvorak, MD, as the 2021 Physician of the Year, and James Mullins, APRN, as the 2021 Advanced Practice Provider of the Year. Dr. Dvorak, of Lexington, is medical director of the Robotic Surgery Program at Saint Joseph Hospital, and Mullins, of Nicholasville, is a nurse practitioner with CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Cardiology. Both were recognized during a virtual ceremony.

The hospital annually recognizes an outstanding Physician of the Year at each hospital who works to bring wellness, healing and hope to patients and families, as well as exhibits the core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

“Dr. Dvorak always displays compassion in his interactions with his patients at the bedside,” said one of his colleagues. “He collaborates with the nursing staff daily and takes time to interact with the nurses providing care to his patients. He is always willing to teach and explain things to nurses or patients and makes time in his busy schedule to attend staff meetings to provide information about his enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program, regularly communicating to nurses about the integral part they play.

This year’s Advanced Practice Provider of the Year recipient, James Mullins, also nominated by a colleague.

“James is always devoted to the highest quality patient care,” said his nominator. “He treats every patient as if they were family – his family. He gives his best consistently, is truly devoted to his patients as well as his work family, and always goes above and beyond in helping those on our team. His attitude is positive and patient and he’s always willing to jump in and help. He is a leader in his field, and I have enjoyed working with James for many years.”

About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. 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 Saint Joseph Hospital 

Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.

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Publish Date: 

Monday, November 29, 2021

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