Following a year of leading as co-CEO, Patrick Battey, M.D., assumed the role as sole CEO of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital on Jan. 1, 2016.
Dr. Battey is the first physician to serve as CEO since Piedmont opened in 1905. Only 5 percent of hospitals in the United States are led by a physician, according to the American College of Physician Executives, which industry experts expect to change. This appointment acknowledges Piedmont’s heritage and adds to the growing number of hospitals that have physicians in CEO positions.
“We are entering a new era of medicine and will experience more healthcare change in the next three years than we’ve experienced in the past 25 years,” Dr. Battey said. “Practicing physicians need to be at the table as healthcare changes. Physicians can’t continue the same practices as they have in the past – now is the time for physicians and hospital leaders to listen, collaborate and lead.”
As a clinician involved in medical staff leadership throughout his career, Dr. Battey will help reinforce the hospital’s reputation for patient-centered care and sustain the hospital as an important health resource for the community, even as the health care landscape changes. Dr. Battey plans to approach his new role with an eye toward excellence in care and collaborate with all disciplines to ensure quality remains the top priority.
Prior to his role as co-CEO, Dr. Battey led Piedmont Healthcare as interim CEO when former CEO R. Timothy Stack passed away suddenly in 2012. Guiding the system during a time of transition – the system had just acquired its fifth and second-largest hospital – Dr. Battey demonstrated how his business skills and clinical background can help shape and redefine the system’s healthcare product.
“Dr. Battey brings more than credentials to the table,” said Kevin Brown, Piedmont Healthcare CEO. “For years, he has cared for our patients, forged meaningful relationships and served the community. His vision to provide patient-centered care that is anchored in quality reflects what we deliver every day at Piedmont.”
A vascular surgeon with Piedmont Heart Institute, Dr. Battey plans to continue his clinical practice in both the office and operating room on a scaled back schedule.
The Augusta native earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine before completing his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Emory University affiliated hospitals. He is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons, Society for Vascular Surgery and Atlanta Vascular Society.