Published on June 29th, 2015 |


Piedmont Atlanta Hospital co-CEO Battey to become CEO Jan. 1

Piedmont Healthcare has announced that co-CEO Patrick Battey, M.D. will take the helm as sole CEO of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead on Jan. 1 when Piedmont Atlanta President and co-CEO Les Donahue retires at the end of 2015.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Battey, who has been on staff at Piedmont since 1985, will be a part of a growing trend in healthcare of hospital CEOs who are licensed and

Patrick Battey, M.D.

Patrick Battey, M.D.

practicing physicians. Only 5 percent of hospitals are led by a physician.

“I believe that clinicians bring unique insight and thus important leadership within healthcare organizations,” Piedmont Healthcare CEO Kevin Brown said in a news release. “Dr. Battey has demonstrated through a variety of noteworthy positions – including serving as interim CEO of Piedmont Healthcare before my arrival – that he has the talent, skill and passion to help direct Piedmont in significant ways,”

“My vision is to have Piedmont Atlanta function in its historic role as a pillar of the Atlanta community….to offer the highest quality patient-centered care, to make our patients better when ill and to keep them in good health when not,” Battey said in a news release.

Brown said Battey was instrumental when he filled in for former healthcare system President and CEO R. Timothy Stack, who died of an undisclosed illness in 2012.

“When Tim passed away, Piedmont was in the midst of great transition. We had just purchased a fifth hospital – the second largest within our organization. Pat stepped in to provide direction and stability in what was, from every direction, a time of uncertainty,” Brown said.

Brown said it was then when he saw Battey’s clinical background and business leadership combined to help drive change inside the hospital, focusing on changes that led to the highest quality patient-centered care possible.

Battey is a vascular surgeon and chair of the system’s board of directors. The Augusta native graduated from the Westminster Schools in 1971 and attended Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Battey earned his medical degree with honors from Emory University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Emory-affiliated hospitals. He is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Atlanta Vascular Society.

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