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St. Joseph Health names Chief Medical Officer

Posted in: Accreditations

Bryan, Texas (May 25, 2016) – We are pleased to announce that Kia Parsi, M.D. has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for St. Joseph Health, which will become effective in July.


17 years, Dr. Parsi has an unparalleled commitment to serving our patients and our Mission. He brings a considerable amount of experience in physician leadership, currently serving as Medical Director for the Caldwell Family Medicine Center, Chairman of the Board of Directors for both St. Joseph Health’s Clinically Integrated Network and Accountable Care Organization and Medical Director for the senior service line – one of our fastest growing and most critical initiatives. “What makes Dr. Parsi such an attractive choice for CMO is not only his experience – but also his values, character and vision. Dr. Parsi is in a unique position to use his forward-thinking approach along with his personal understanding about the challenges providers are facing and the intricacy of hospital and clinic operations to help rapidly advance our performance as a system and our market leadership,” said Rick Napper, President & CEO, St. Joseph Health. As CMO, Dr. Parsi will provide physician oversight for the provision of care at our acute and ambulatory points of access. Connecting all points of access throughout the care continuum through medical oversight is critical as we advance delivery models, elevate standards of care, and continuously pursue a systemness approach for the coordination and optimization of patient care. “As we continue to evolve our business model to better meet patient expectations and the increasing quality standards, it is critical we have a physician leadership structure in place that facilitates a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach throughout the entire system. This structure, combined with Dr. Parsi’s natural ability to bring teams together in a productive, respectful and collaborative manner will serve us well,” said Napper. Dr. Parsi earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the American Board of Family Practice, American Geriatrics Society and the Texas Medical Association.   ### About St. Joseph Health Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 103 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit

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