Philip A. Patterson, most recently the leader of Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota, has been named president of Providence Healthcare Network that includes Providence Health Center on State Highway 6.

Providence, which is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the United States, selected Patterson following a nationwide search, according to a news release. He succeeds Brett Esrock, who left Waco to become CEO of Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.

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

Patterson reportedly has been involved in health care leadership for more than 20 years. Before his work in Minot, North Dakota, he served as president and 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 in various executive roles at Allina Health in Minnesota, and Ochsner Clinic in Louisiana according to Ascension.

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

Patterson’s community involvement includes serving as trustee of Kentucky Wesleyan College, and on the boards of Kentucky Healthcare Collaborative, New York Economic Development Council-Rockland, and the Suburban New York Hospital Association.

He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in business administration, and received an MBA from the University of Alabama and a masters degree in Health Administration from Georgia State University.

He has two daughters, Laurel, 11, and Eleanor, 9.

His promotion to the presidency of Providence Healthcare Network becomes effective on Feb. 26, Providence announced.

Providence in 2017 opened a new 32,000-square-foot, $35 million medical plaza in Lacy Lakeview, primarily to serve residents of McLennan County who live across town from the hospital complex on State Highway 6.

Under Esrock, Providence established the Express Care program to meet patient needs 12 hours a day, 364 days a year, with the third Express Care location opening in downtown Waco, and created a regional transfer center, Providence Connect, to streamline referrals to regional hospitals.

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