Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ronnie Brownsworth, M.D., Named Chief Executive Officer of the Piedmont Clinic

Ronnie Brownsworth, M.D., has been named CEO of the Piedmont Clinic and executive vice president for Piedmont Healthcare. He succeeds Ray Fernandez, M.D., who is retiring.

Brownsworth will oversee activities of the 563-member Piedmont Clinic, including the Piedmont Physicians Group with more than 90 primary care physicians in 30 offices across metro Atlanta. The Clinic manages payer negotiations and contracts for the physicians, and its membership comes together to enhance and monitor the quality of physician-provided care.

“We are excited about Ronnie joining Piedmont. He brings substantial experience and will be a great asset for the entire Piedmont organization,” said R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare.

Previously, Dr. Brownsworth was with St. John's Health System in Springfield, Missouri for 14 years, where he most recently served as division operating officer for St. John’s Health Plans. He established a network including the regional tertiary hospital, five primary care hospitals, 16 affiliated hospitals, 500 employed physicians, 900 affiliated physicians and numerous ancillary care providers. He also served at the Smith, Glynn, Callaway Clinic in Springfield and Springfield Properties. He practiced as a neurologist for 12 years in the Springfield area.

“Piedmont Healthcare is a highly regarded system and has earned numerous recognitions for patient safety and quality. I am extremely pleased to join a healthcare organization like Piedmont,” said Dr. Brownsworth.

A graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Dr. Brownsworth earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and his master's in business administration from Missouri State University. He and his wife, Nicole, have five children and are relocating to Atlanta.
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