Sonja Bachus Named Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HealthNet
HealthNet has named Sonja Bachus as the organization’s new deputy chief operating officer, effective June 2, 2015. She will help oversee the day-to-day operations of the state’s largest federally qualified health center. HealthNet provides care annually to more than 59,200 uninsured and underinsured patients in Marion County and beyond through its growing network of 12 primary care health centers and several outreach programs.
Bachus has more than 12 years of experience in health care management, most recently as the Assistant Director of the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences in Palm Springs, CA.
Before joining the Institute, Bachus served as a project manager and ethics/compliance officer for the Hospital Corporation of America’s Information Technology and Services MidAmerica division. Prior to that, she served in several management roles with Swope Health Services, a federally qualified health center providing primary health care, outreach and behavioral health services through its 11 medical, dental, and behavioral health/residential treatment centers in the Kansas City, MO area. These included operations project coordinator, assistant director and administrator of operations, service line administrator, and EMR implementation trainer/analyst.
In announcing the selection, HealthNet Chief Operating Officer Rick Diaz said, “We are very pleased that Sonja will be joining us. She has a passion for the critical role community health centers play as safety net providers. Sonja will be a true asset to HealthNet and the many patients we serve.”
“I am honored to join HealthNet, and am excited to work with the leadership team, Board of Directors, health care providers, patients and staff to address the health care challenges of our day,” said Bachus. “Given the rapidly changing healthcare environment, there are considerable opportunities for community health centers and I feel we are uniquely positioned to serve the growing needs of the uninsured and underinsured in Indianapolis.”
Bachus has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washburn University and a master of jurisprudence in health law from Loyola Law School.
Since 1968, HealthNet (http://www.indyhealthnet.org) has been a mainstay in the Indianapolis community. Through its network of community-based health centers, an OB/GYN care center, a pediatric and adolescent care center, a maternal-fetal medicine center and nine school-based clinics, HealthNet annually serves over 59,200 individuals and families. Many of them are uninsured or underinsured and live below the federal poverty level. HealthNet services include: primary and preventive health care; OB-GYN support and coaching for expectant mothers; Healthy Families; dental services; Homeless Initiative Program; counseling, outreach and social service programs. HealthNet’s health centers include Barrington Health & Dental Center, Eastside Health Center, Martindale-Brightwood Health Center, Northeast Health Center, People’s Health & Dental Center, Southeast Health & Dental Center, Southwest Health & Dental Center, West Health Center, the Care Center at the Tower, the Pediatric and Adolescent Care & Dental Center, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center and HealthNet Pediatric Evening Clinic. HealthNet is Indiana’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center.