Monday, April 21, 2014
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Dr. Doug Patten, addresses the Albany Rotary Club in this 2011 file photo. Formerly the chief medical officer at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Patten has accepted a position with the Georgia Hospital Association. (Albany Herald file photo)
ALBANY — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s chief medical officer has resigned to accept a position with the Georgia Hospital Association, officials at Phoebe confirm.
Dr. Doug Patten, who had been serving as the chief medical officer, recently accepted the position of medical director over the GHA’s education and research foundation — a newly created role — and resigned from his position at the Albany hospital effective April 1. Patten is serving as interim CEO at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus until June, at which time he is expected to move into his new role at GHA, officials say.
In his new role, Patten said, he will be working with hospitals throughout the state to help health care facilities and medical staff to improve quality of care, reduce hospital-acquired events — such as infections — and improve cost-efficiency. He was originally scheduled to start the position two weeks ago, but the need for an interim CEO at Phoebe Sumter arose — pushing back his start date to the second week in June.
“This is a great opportunity with a lot of challenges to it,” Patten said in a phone interview with The Albany Herald on Monday. ” … There are obviously mixed emotions.”
Dr. Frank Middleton has taken the role as interim CMO for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. While at Phoebe Sumter, Patten said he has been overseeing the establishment of a sustainable leadership strategy so the stage could be set for a search for a permanent CEO at the Americus hospital, which is expected to start this week, he said.
Patten has been with Phoebe since 2004. Before then, he practiced as a surgeon in Cordele for 18 years.