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Bachus Named HealthNet's Chief Operating Officer


After a national search, HealthNet has named Sonja Bachus, MJ, as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective January 2, 2017.

She succeeds Rick A. Diaz, who became HealthNet’s President/CEO in October 2016. She will manage 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 13 primary care health centers and several outreach programs.

Bachus has more than 12 years of experience in health care management. Prior to her new role, she served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer at HealthNet for the past year and half.

Before joining HealthNet, Bachus served as Assistant Director of the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences in Palm Springs, CA. Prior to this role, Bachus served as a project manager and ethics/compliance officer for the Hospital Corporation of America’s Information Technology and Services MidAmerica division. Her previous experience also includes several management roles with Swope Health Services, a federally qualified health center providing primary health care, outreach and behavioral health services throughout the Kansas City, MO area.

In announcing the selection, HealthNet President/CEO Rick Diaz said, “We are very pleased that Sonja has accepted this role. She has a very clear vision for the critical role community health centers play as safety net providers and has the ability to turn vision into action. Sonja will be a true asset to HealthNet and the many patients we serve.”

“I am honored to be a part of 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. “This is an unparalleled time of opportunity for community health centers and I feel we are uniquely positioned to meet 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.

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