Taos Health Systems Board Names New CEO
The Board of Directors has named William D. Patten, JR. as Chief Executive Officer for Taos Health Systems, effective April 13, 2015.
Mr. Patten has 28 years of healthcare experience, including 18 years as Chief Executive Officer of small rural hospitals throughout the Western United States.
Mr. Patten is coming from Powell Valley Healthcare in Powell, Wyoming. Powell Valley Healthcare has 440 employees and consists of a 25-bed hospital, 100-bed long-term care facility, 4 medical office buildings, and a 24-unit assisted living facility. Prior to that, Mr. Patten was Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, a 25-bed medical facility in Libby, Montana. He has also served as CEO of Sitka Community Hospital, a 27-bed critical access hospital located in Sitka, Alaska, and CEO of Sedgwick County Health Center in Julesburg, Colorado.
“We wanted to make sure we found the right person to lead Taos Health Systems and after a nationwide search we chose Bill because of his extensive leadership skills and his commitment to quality care,” said Ron Burnham, Board Chair of Taos Health Systems. “Bill’s background in continuous quality improvement, organizational healing, financial optimization, strategic planning, and physician/provider recruitment make him a great fit for this role.”
Mr. Patten will report directly to the Taos Health Systems Board of Trustees; he comes to Taos Health Systems as an employee of Quorum Health Resources.
Mr. Patten has a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Walla Walla College in College Place, WA, and a Master of Arts in Business with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“Holy Cross Hospital and Taos Health Systems have a great deal of potential. I see a board, a medical staff, and management team that are committed to growth and improvement and that matches my goals,” said Bill Patten. “Taos is a beautiful area. My wife Cindy and I are looking forward to living there.”
Mr. Patten has been married to his wife Cindy for 38 years. Together they have two adult boys.
Interim Chief Executive Officer Cindy Bradly will continue to guide the organization until Mr. Patten comes on board.