Prime Healthcare Names Kavitha Bhatia, MD First Chief Medical Officer of Strategy
Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s premier hospital systems, has
appointed Kavitha Bhatia, MD as its first Chief Medical Officer of Strategy.
In this role, Dr. Bhatia will develop and implement strategic initiatives
that advance the mission and long-term success of Prime Healthcare.
Dr. Bhatia has served as Vice President of Clinical Transformation and
Chair of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, leading the transformation of
the Prime Healthcare system during a time of unprecedented growth. “With
Dr. Bhatia’s leadership, Prime has grown and built the infrastructure
to leverage our unique value and scale. Her contributions have led to
improvements in structure, process and quality in nearly every area of
our organization,” said Prem Reddy, MD, Chairman, President and
CEO of Prime. “Dr. Bhatia is the ideal choice to develop our most
important strategic programs as Prime Healthcare continues to grow and
serve communities across the nation.”
Since Prime’s founding in 2001, the health system has restored 45
community hospitals to financial health, saving over 35,000 jobs in 14
states, and along the way earned countless awards and recognitions for
quality care and demonstrated excellence. Annually, Prime Healthcare hospitals
are recognized among the nation’s best by
The Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, and
IBM Watson Health.
“Prime Healthcare has grown exponentially in recent years and we
have built a scalable platform to support our national presence and mission
of service,” said Dr. Bhatia. “We are now poised for growth
and focused on system-wide value creation as we develop innovative and
sustainable strategies to ensure Prime’s continued success. In a
time when healthcare is rapidly evolving, we have to reimagine a brighter
and better future for care so that we may bring health and hope to more
Prime Healthcare stands apart from other hospital systems for its unique
ability to save and transform financially distressed community hospitals.
The business model emphasizes a physician-driven leadership structure,
operational efficiency, clinical quality, investments in technology and
a focus on patient and family experience.
“Dr. Bhatia facilitates visionary thinking throughout Prime, striving
for excellence while keeping patients and communities at the forefront,”
said Paryus Patel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare. “She
inspires others to serve the mission, vision, and values of Prime Healthcare,
providing a unique perspective with her clinical experience, analytical
strengths and commitment to quality.”
Dr. Bhatia also serves as Chair of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a not-for-profit
system with 15 of Prime Healthcare’s 45 hospitals. During her tenure,
the Foundation grew in assets and equity, and successfully pursued a strategy
of growth through acquisition, expanding to four new states and adding
eight new hospitals since 2015.
Dr. Bhatia graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor
of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego. She graduated
with Letters of Distinction in Doctoring and Honors from UCLA School of
Medicine, and earned a Masters in Medical Management from USC Marshall
School of Business. Dr. Bhatia has practiced pediatrics for over a decade
and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is deeply committed
to philanthropy, receiving a Miraculous Medallion for her service with
Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, and serves
both national and global philanthropic causes.
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