OHA names chief health systems officer

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has named its new chief health systems officer: Varsha Chauhan MD, MHA. As OHA’s first chief health systems officer, Dr. Chauhan will oversee the newly formed Health Systems Division that includes Medicaid services including the Oregon Health Plan.

“Varsha brings a world of excellent experience and commitment to health system transformation,” says Lynne Saxton, OHA director. “She will be a strong leader as we continue to achieve the triple aim in Oregon.”

Dr. Chauhan most recently was the executive director for Alameda Health Systems, an award-winning provider with 849 beds and 1,000 physicians at nine facilities throughout Alameda County, Calif. Prior to that, she was the chief operating officer at a federally qualified health center in the Bay Area. She has a deep background in health systems operations, management and technology, and has a proven track record of developing innovative strategies that lead to better health, better care and lower cost.

Dr. Chauhan received her medical degree from Mangalore University in India, and her masters of health care administration from California State University at Hayward. She has an impressive mix of management and direct care experience. She will join OHA on November 2.

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