CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners Leadership Team
Viren Bavishi, DO - Chief Medical Officer
Viren S. Bavishi, DO joined CHI Saint Joseph Health leadership team in May 2019. Before coming to Kentucky, Dr. Bavishi was the chief medical officer at Banner Medical Group, an integrated delivery system headquartered in Phoenix that spans six states and employs more than 1,200 providers. In this role, he helped to strengthen the relationship between physicians and administration while delivering excellent results for patients.
Dr. Bavishi is originally from Illinois, where he earned his DO from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Ill., and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. Dr. Bavishi is from a family of physicians, but originally majored in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He changed his major to pre-med after taking courses in anatomy and physiology and decided medicine was his true calling.
Dorothy Lockhart, MBA, MSN, RN – Market Vice President
Dorothy Lockhart serves as the Market Vice President for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. Prior to this, she was Market Director of Care Management at CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners from April, 2015 – November 2019. Over the last four years she has developed and implemented successful population health initiatives including; episodes of care, value-based agreements and total medical spend management. She works collaboratively with payers, employers, and providers to ensure quality care and lower cost. She has demonstrated positive financial outcomes in total medical spend and improved quality in episodes of care for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid populations.
Dorothy has worked in healthcare for over twenty years in ACO management, transplantation, community health, skilled nursing, insurance case management, and utilization review. She serves on the Board for the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life and is a proponent for organ and tissue donation, education, and awareness. Dorothy is the dedicated mother to four children.
Kristen Goble Brown, MHA, CSPPM – Director of Operations
Kristen Brown is the Director of Operations for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. Prior to this, she was an Ambulatory Operations Director with UK HealthCare where she served in various health care management and administrative roles, with the last several years dedicated to the growth of UK HealthCare’s department of Ambulatory Services. That role included a breadth of operational responsibilities including: access improvement to high quality care, fiscal planning and responsibility, facilities management, patient satisfaction, and staff and faculty engagement. She was also responsible for a 170,000 square foot shopping mall converted into a multi-disciplinary healthcare facility in Lexington, Kentucky. She has presented in national conferences on improving patient access, and published regarding staff and faculty engagement.
She volunteers for Commerce Lexington, provides administrative support to the Board of the Lexington Dream Factory, and formerly held board positions with the Manchester Center and the Kappa Delta Sorority Chapter Advisory Board. Past committee/volunteer work has included the American Cancer Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Downtown Lexington Corporation. On a more personal note, she is the mother of twin boys that look nothing alike, and has a golden-doodle named Cawood, named after the legendary voice of the Wildcats.
Kelly Tudor – Director of Business Development
Kelly Tudor is the Director of Business Development for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. Prior to this, she worked in Business Development for CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group. Over the last five years, she monitored and supported requests from employers, payers and brokers for new services through CHI Saint Joseph Health system capabilities. In her role, she identified opportunities to engage employers and their employees in Corporate Health and Wellness Programs. Kelly directed and coordinated marketing efforts for all of occupational and corporate health services. She also identified new service line program enhancement opportunities and implemented services for employers.
Kelly has served on the board for Bluegrass SHRM as Director of Best Places to Work and State Conference, President-Elect, President and Past-President. She is an Ambassador with Commerce Lexington and is very active in the community. Kelly is passionate about staying healthy and enjoys hiking, kickboxing, Pilates and Piyo. Most of her weekends are spent watching her children on the soccer field or baseball diamond.
Shannon Nally, MSW – Network Development Specialist
Shannon is the Network Development Specialist for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. Shannon began working with Health Partners in 2014 as the first Outpatient Care Coordinator. Shannon used her knowledge of systems management and organization to help build and strengthen affiliate relationships between Health Partners and valued partners in Kentucky. Shannon’s understanding of insurance, network inadequacy and relationship building has given her the expertise needed to grow the Clinically Integrated Network. Shannon’s passion surrounding care management stems from her 10 years of experience working in child welfare, family practice and from serving for six years on the Health Partners clinical team. She saw firsthand how care coordination and disease management can impact a patient’s well-being and trajectory.
Involved in her faith and local community, Shannon has served on multiple boards in the Central Kentucky area. In her time off, Shannon enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and their yorkipoo, a rescue named Oliver.
Russelyn Cruse, BSN, RN, CCM – Program Manager, Quality Improvement
Russelyn serves as Program Manager, Quality Improvement at CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. Prior to joining Health Partners she worked in Care Management/ Disease Management at Humana Military Healthcare for 9 years. Russelyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Georgia Southern University before earning a second Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University.
Her healthcare experience includes medical billing, managed care, public health, critical care, case management and disease management. Russelyn is an advocate for blood donation and enjoys mentoring youth, travel, and reading.
Pam Thompson, BSN, RN – Market Director Care Management
Pam is the Market Director for Care Management for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. A proud Kentucky Wildcat, Pam received her BSN at the University of Kentucky in 1988. Pam began her journey with CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners in 2014 as one of the first clinical team members. Pam pulled from over 30 years of nursing experience, including hospital, home health and family nursing to help strategically formulate clinical protocols, best practice work flow, and patient outreach for population health and disease management.
As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is passionate about preventative health screenings, making her a perfect fit to lead the population health team in Central Kentucky. Pam’s greatest joy comes from spending time with her family.
Emily Cox, PharmD, RPh – Managed Care Pharmacist
Emily is a Managed Care Pharmacist for CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners. Emily obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy. Emily has over 20 years of clinical and patient care experience, with five of those years spent managing drug optimization and outcomes for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s worksite pharmacy.
Emily lives in Georgetown with her husband and two children. When not at work, she can usually be found on the bleachers cheering on her children. She also enjoys vacationing at the beach, reading, and spending leisure time with friends and family.
Bridgett Adams – Senior Executive Assistant
Bridgett is the Senior Executive Assistant serving Dorothy Lockhart, Vice President and the administrative team. Prior to joining Health Partners, Bridgett served executives at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph Jessamine. Bridgett is passionate about helping others both professionally and personally.
She is a faithful volunteer as Event Manager for non-profit, In Christy’s Shoes, an organization that is committed to helping vulnerable and at risk women, achieve greatness. In her leisure time, Bridgett enjoys spending time with her family and their lovable dogs.