Ketul J. Patel, an Indian American health care executive, was recently named CEO of CHI Franciscan Health and senior vice president of Divisional Operations for the Pacific Northwest Region of Englewood, Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives,
Patel was executive vice president and chief strategy and operations officer at Hackensack University Health Network and Hackensack University Medical Center, a, 452-bed, 11,300-employee health care system based in northern New Jersey
Patel’s more than two decades of leadership experience involves several large health systems around the country. He joined Hackensack University Health Network in 2010, where he was responsible for strategy formulation and execution, network growth through partnerships and system-wide clinical integration, operational performance of medical centers and service lines, and physician development and partnership.
He also served as the lead executive for the system’s cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedic, neurosciences, surgery and imaging service lines.
Patel holds master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
As one of seven CHI senior vice presidents overseeing divisional operations across a national enterprise that includes 19 states, Patel will work closely with hospital presidents in the division and across the entire enterprise, connecting and leveraging efforts toward quality and efficiency between national and local expertise to serve CHI’s mission of building healthier communities.