Pooja P. Vyas, DO, named vice president and chief medical officer for Christian Hospital
Christian Hospital is pleased to announce that Pooja P. Vyas, DO, has been named vice president and chief medical officer for Christian Hospital, effective Feb. 27, 2022. Dr. Vyas will oversee the daily operations of medicine workflow and delivery at Christian Hospital. She has been with BJC Medical Group since 2019 and for the past year has served as medical director of hospital medicine as an internal medicine hospitalist at Christian Hospital. Prior to this, Dr. Vyas served as an internal medicine hospitalist at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Dr. Vyas has proven leadership and success in managing hospital medicine workflow and patient throughput. Over the past year, Dr. Vyas has been instrumental in implementing a patient satisfaction pilot program at Christian Hospital to engage physicians to sit during patient evaluations to help improve HCAHP scoring for physician communications with patients. She also created an algorithm to help reduce the rate of readmissions and unnecessary admissions to the emergency department, as well as to improve inpatient versus observation status accuracy.
Before joining BJC, Dr. Vyas was an internal medicine hospitalist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York for two years, at the same time serving as an assistant professor of medicine at nearby Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, which is where Dr. Vyas also completed a one-year physician administrative fellowship and two-year internal medicine residency. Dr. Vyas completed her internal medicine internship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Vyas is a graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey, and received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is currently working toward a master’s in business administration from Webster University through the BJC cohort. Interestingly, Dr. Vyas began her medical career as an emergency medical technician for three years before entering medical school.
Dr. Vyas currently serves on the Christian Hospital by-laws committee, medical executive committee, medical quality review committee and the utilization review committee. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Physicians.
About Christian Hospital
Christian Hospital is a 240-staffed-bed community hospital located in north St. Louis County and a founding member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States. Located six miles west of Christian Hospital is Northwest HealthCare, which offers the community 24-hour emergency care and a variety of outpatient services to complement hospital services. With both locations, Christian Hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Missouri and one of the busiest hospital-based ambulance service in the state. Christian Hospital received the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Arcus Award for Achievement in Health for its commitment to ongoing growth, improvement, community outreach and economic opportunity. To find out more, visit christianhospital.org and facebook.