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OWENSBORO, Ky., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Philip A. Patterson began his tenure as president & chief executive officer of Owensboro Health this week. Patterson is replacing retiring president and CEO, Jeff Barber.

"The entire board is excited about this next chapter in our history. Philip is full of energy. He is a visionary with proven experience in strategic development of an integrated health system," said Deborah Nunley, chair of the Owensboro Health board of directors.

Since 2009, Patterson has been CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, a three-hospital system in the New York / New Jersey area with net patient revenue of nearly $500 million. The system is part of Bon Secours Health System, a 14-hospital Catholic system. He has held CEO or senior management positions in health care in New York, Minnesota, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana since 1994.

Patterson earned his 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 University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. A native of Mobile, Alabama, he and his wife Crystal have two children.

"Moving to Owensboro Health is a tremendous opportunity for both me and my family," Patterson said. "It is exciting to be part of such a vibrant, growing community and a health system that has achieved so much success in the areas of quality and wellness."

Owensboro Health is a non-profit health care system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves. Owensboro Health has been recognized by Healthgrades as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and America's 100 Best Hospitals (2013). The system includes an acute care hospital; a Medical Group; numerous clinics and diagnostic centers; wound healing centers; a cancer center; home care services; and the Healthpark, a medical-based fitness center. Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is licensed to operate 477 beds, with an average of 1,800 births, 64,000 emergency room visits, 18,000 admissions and 500,000 outpatient visits each year. System-wide, the organization has over 3,400 employees, 250 volunteers and 219 medical staff. For more information, visit

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