Piedmont Healthcare names new CEO

The 46-year-old CEO of a nonprofit health care provider in the Greater Seattle area will take the reins of Piedmont Healthcare, one of metro Atlanta’s largest hospital systems, next month.

As head of the five-hospital Swedish Health Services, Kevin Brown oversaw the creation of a medical group of nearly 900 health care providers and the development of a new hospital, among other changes.

Brown will take over as the head of Piedmont at a critical time for hospitals across the country. Hospitals are facing decreasing reimbursements, penalties for poor quality of care and an increasingly competitive marketplace. Late last year, Piedmont announced a bold move to partner with WellStar Health System to form a new for-profit insurance company.

“(Brown) brings to Piedmont his experience leading medical groups, running insurance products, as well as oversight of clinical operations and strategy,” said Janine Brown, vice chairwoman of Piedmont’s board of directors. “This is the right leader for our system.”

Piedmont’s former leader, Timothy Stack, died in July from complications of cancer at the age of 60.

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