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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

Via Christi Hospitals Wichita selects Nesbit as CMO
Stephen Nesbit, DO, MBA, an experienced physician executive with 29 combined years of successful clinical practice and service in physician leadership roles, has been recruited to serve as chief medical officer for Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, effective Sept. 6.

Nesbit comes to Via Christi from Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., where for the past two years he has served as Chief Medical Officer. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer for St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., which at the time was owned by Catholic Health Initiatives.

“Dr. Nesbit has an established track record as a highly successful physician executive,” said Randy Peterson, senior vice president of Via Christi Health Hospitals and interim CEO for Via Christi Health, noting his significant experience in leading quality initiatives, contracting services, credentialing activities, medical management programs, and changes related to physician and healthcare integration in acute care hospital and health plan environments.

“That, along with his prior leadership experience in Catholic health care and fit with its focus on mission, quality and service, made him an outstanding choice to serve as our CMO,” Peterson said.

He will report to Peterson and oversee hospital quality and clinical effectiveness, medical staff operations, physician leadership development and physician hospital relations. Hewitt Goodpasture, MD, will continue in his role as vice president for Clinical Quality and Patient Safety and report to Nesbit.

Nesbit received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo., in 1981. He then completed a one-year internship at Riverside Hospital, which included rotations at what now is Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. After practicing family medicine in both private practice and as an employed physician, in both rural and urban settings, he launched his physician executive career as a medical director and chief medical officer for various health plans in Texas. Following this seven years on the payer side of health care, he returned to the hospital setting and has spent the past six years as CMO in regional referral centers.

“My interest in this position was driven by the recent bold moves Via Christi has taken to prepare themselves for the future,” said Nesbit. “With a new Via Christi Health CEO coming from the Mayo Clinic, the recent additions to the leadership team and the acquisition of what is now Via Christi Clinic, Via Christi is well-positioned for the changes we know are coming with health care reform. I’m excited to get to be a part of it.”

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Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2010, it provided more than $82.8 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit viachristi.org.