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New President and CEO Hired for Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health has hired a new president and CEO.

Philip A. Patterson will take over the positions November 1 after accepting an offer made this week by the Owensboro Health board of directors.

He inherits the posts from Jeff Barber, who resigned in January, but who has stayed on at Owensboro Health until a full-time replacement takes over.

Since 2009, Patterson has been CEO of the New York-based Bon Secours Charity Health System, a three-hospital system with net patient revenue of nearly $500 millions.

Owensboro Health Board of Directors Chairwoman Deborah Nunley told WKU Public Radio one of the challenges facing Patterson is finding ways to expand the system's geographic footprint.

"We serve eleven counties right now, and I think the board visualizes that expanding beyond those eleven counties," said Nunley.

Nunley wouldn't say which other counties she would like to see Owensboro Health impact.

She said the search committee was impressed by Patterson's work in developing an Accountable Care Organization--or ACO--in the region of New York where he works. An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers who work together to coordinate care given to Medicare patients.

"He understands the delivery and cost of care, and he's led the development of alliances of community hospitals  for the purpose of improving quality," said Nunley.

Patterson has held CEO or senior management positions in health care in the Hudson-Deleware Valleys, Minnesota, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana since 1994. He has a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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