Kevin Brown has been named president and chief executive officer of Piedmont Healthcare effective May 2013. Brown, the 46-year-old chief executive officer for Swedish Health Services in Seattle, Wash., succeeds R. Timothy Stack, who was CEO of Piedmont Healthcare until his death on July 30, 2012, following a brief illness.
“Kevin is a great fit for Piedmont,” said Patrick M. Battey, M.D., chair of the Piedmont Healthcare Board of Directors who also has been serving as interim CEO for the five-hospital, not-for-profit health system. “He has a long track record of promoting partnerships with physician leaders and has demonstrated a commitment to keeping the patient at the center of organizational decisions with a relentless focus on quality and safety. The fact he comes from an area on the forefront of healthcare reform also is very valuable.”
Before Brown was named CEO of the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the greater Seattle area in 2012, he was chief strategic officer and led the development and oversight of the strategic planning office for the five-hospital health system. As the senior vice president and chief administrative officer, he had operational responsibility for the ambulatory care division which includes Swedish/Lake Sammamish, Swedish/Redmond and Swedish/Mill Creek. He also had operational responsibility for 163-bed Swedish/Ballard and 175-bed Swedish/Issaquah. His other major accomplishments include the creation and growth of Swedish Medical Group, the re-development of Swedish Ballard, the opening of a new hospital in Issaquah, Wash., and the development of an innovative ambulatory care strategy. Prior to Swedish, Brown worked for the Providence Health System leading various strategic and business development projects. He spent five years in the early 1990s working as part of the start-up management team for PacifiCare of Washington.
Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Arizona State University.