Dr. Bhatia combines clinical and visionary leadership to forward Prime's
mission and health equity
(ONTARIO, Calif – Nov. 21, 2022) – Kavitha Reddy Bhatia, MD,
President and Chair of Prime Healthcare Foundation and Chief Medical Officer
of Strategy for Prime Healthcare, continues to earn accolades for her
visionary leadership and service. Most recently, Dr. Bhatia was honored as an
"Inspirational Woman" by the LA Times for leadership that positively impacted millions of lives.
Prime Healthcare is one of the nation's leading health systems, with
45 hospitals in 14 states. Throughout her career, Dr. Bhatia has been
dedicated to Prime's mission of health equity and social responsibility
and has been recognized for her work to end healthcare disparities in
underserved communities. Fourteen of Prime Healthcare's 45 hospitals
are not-for-profit members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation. The Prime
Healthcare Foundation, under Dr. Bhatia's leadership, has grown to
over $1 billion in assets and has provided $2.7 billion in charity care
while leading countless local and global initiatives to advance medicine,
healthcare, and education.
Dr. Bhatia has also been nationally recognized and awarded
United States Congressional and California State recognition for her "selfless service" and "tireless commitment and
dedication to those she serves so fearlessly," especially throughout
the pandemic. This includes Prime Healthcare's historic acquisition of
St. Francis Medical Center, in Lynwood, CA, at the height of the pandemic in August 2020. Dr. Bhatia
led Prime Healthcare's COVID-19 efforts as Chair of the National COVID-19
committee, focusing efforts on coordinating critical care, resources and
surge plans across the health system.
As an enduring contribution to medicine, the Prime Healthcare Foundation
provided a $60 million donation establishing the
California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), a private, non-profit medical school in Southern California dedicated
to advancing medicine, forwarding equity and addressing the physician
shortage in underserved communities. Dr. Bhatia serves as Founding Vice
Chair of the Board of Trustees at CUSM, as well as Academic Committee
Chair and Associate Professor in the CUSM School of Medicine.
Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Paul Lyons, President and Dean of CUSM, recently authored an
opinion piece in
Modern Healthcare: "Health systems have key role in training next generation of caregivers."
"This is a pivotal time in our history as we develop innovative and
sustainable strategies to meet the challenges facing healthcare in California
As Chief Medical Officer of Strategy for Prime Healthcare, Dr. Bhatia has
championed the values of social responsibility and value-based care, leading
Prime to national recognition by The Joint Commission with the prestigious
2021 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for its cohesive program and groundbreaking initiatives in social determinants
of health. Prime has also ranked among the best as one of the top 10 most
cost-efficient health systems in the nation, achieving excellent patient outcomes while
reducing the cost of care, according to the
Lown Institute. These awards are in addition to numerous others, including over 237 awards
from Healthgrades and many hospitals named among America’s 100 Best.
Prime Healthcare's physician-led and patient-centered model was created
to drive value, clinical excellence and health equity for all patients.
In addition to her dedication to Prime's mission, Dr. Bhatia has remained
deeply committed to philanthropy throughout her career, receiving a Miraculous
Medallion for her service with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, coordinating
humanitarian aid to India during COVID surges, supporting inner city programs
for youth and contributing to many national and global philanthropic causes.
The list of Dr. Bhatia's charitable and professional accomplishments
continues to expand as she focuses on bettering the lives of those in
need. Dr. Bhatia serves on the CaliforniaHospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees, advocating for better care
for all Californians. "We are so pleased to have Dr. Bhatia on our Board of Trustees,"
said CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle. "She brings unique perspectives
on healthcare policy and advocacy given her engagement and leadership
role with Prime Healthcare hospitals in several states, and her clinical
perspective is a strong addition."
Dr. Bhatia is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bhatia also serves as a Governing
Board Member of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and a member
of the FAH's Quality and Emergency Preparedness committees.
Dr. Bhatia continues to be recognized among the nation's physician
leaders, named as a Top Doctor, Top Leader in Healthcare and Woman of
Influence by the Los Angeles Times Business Journal. She has been named
among the 500 most influential leaders on the prestigious "LA500"
list and a "CMO to Know" by Becker's Healthcare. These recognitions
reflect Prime Healthcare and Dr. Bhatia's deep commitment to expand
access to quality care and address healthcare disparities to improve lives
and advance a more equitable future.
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About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system
operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states,
providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation's
leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated
to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare
hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized
for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15
Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among
the nation's "100 Top Hospitals" 66 times and have received
more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other
health system in the past seven years. To learn more, please visit www.primehealthcare.com.
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