Lexington, Ky. (September 4, 2019) — Winchester native Travis Sewalls, MD, has been named the Chief Medical Officer for Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East. He joined CHI Saint Joseph Health July 29, 2019.
“We are pleased that Dr. Sewalls decided to come home to Kentucky,” said Dan Goulson, MD, Senior Vice President/CMO for CHI Saint Joseph Health. “His leadership experience spans simultaneous work with multiple medical staffs where he worked to create a better environment for patient care. We are excited about what he has to offer Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East.”
Dr. Sewalls completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Kentucky. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at UK and began his career as a staff physician in the emergency department at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester. He served in various positions at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, including Deputy Chief of Staff, before being named Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health Madisonville.
Most recently, Dr. Sewalls served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Charles Health System, in Bend, Oregon. In this role, Dr. Sewalls provided physician executive support for four medical staffs with 850 providers. He has also provided executive leadership for several programs, including medical education, research and AHEC.
Dr. Sewalls said he is thrilled to be a part of CHI Saint Joseph Health and the Central Kentucky community again. “It is truly rare to combine the work that brings me joy in such a special location as home,” he said.
Dr. Sewalls, his wife Andra and two children, live in Lexington.
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 Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, KY. 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.
About Saint Joseph East
Saint Joseph East is a 217-bed full service community hospital located in the southeastern section of Lexington, KY. Established in 1983, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky. At Saint Joseph East, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care and women’s health services are supported through a vast array of inpatient and outpatient programs.
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