Ascension Providence names new president


Health care executive Philip A. Patterson to take Ascension Providence reins

Following an extensive nationwide search, accomplished health care executive Philip A. Patterson, FACHE, has been selected to join the Ascension Texas team as President of Ascension Providence, effective February 26.

Ascension Providence is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“Philip is an exceptional choice to lead Ascension Providence and his passion for community enrichment will make him an integral part of the Waco community,” said Craig Cordola, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Texas. “With a commitment to quality and service, he will be instrumental in continuing our Mission of providing compassionate, personalized care to those we are called to serve.”

Patterson has been in executive health care leadership for more than 20 years. He comes to Ascension Providence from Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota, where he led operations to strengthen the organization’s quality, service, finance and growth goals as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.

Previously, Patterson served at and led health care organizations across the country, including President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Owensboro Health System in Kentucky; CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System in New York; CEO for HealthSouth Hospitals in Fort Worth, Arlington and Houston; and various executive roles at Allina Health in Minnesota, and Ochsner Clinic in Louisiana.

“I am excited to call Texas home again and to become part of the growth and development occurring in Waco,” said Patterson. “I’m looking forward to working alongside the committed and compassionate team of providers, associates and volunteers at Ascension Providence. As we grow with Waco, we will continue to build upon our rich history of service to the community.”

Committed to community enrichment, Patterson has volunteered for numerous boards, including his current role as Trustee of Kentucky Wesleyan College. He also served on the boards of Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Healthcare Collaborative, New York Economic Development Council-Rockland, and Suburban New York Hospital Association.

In addition to his professional and community commitments, Patterson is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has served as President of the organization’s Minnesota State Chapter. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration and continued his studies to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University. Patterson has two daughters, Laurel, 11, and Eleanor, 9.