Waco: Providence Healthcare Network names new president

Philip A. Patterson. (Providence photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) After a nationwide service, a new president has been selected for Waco’s Providence Healthcare Network.

Philip A. Patterson will assume the job on Feb. 26, moving to Waco from Trinity Health in Minot, N.D., where he served as chief administrative and chief strategy officer.

“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 chief executive officer of Ascension Texas of which Providence is a part.

“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.”

During his 25 years in health care, Patterson has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Owensboro Health System in Kentucky; CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System in New York; CEO of HealthSouth Hospitals in Fort Worth, Arlington and Houston; and in 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 Providence. As we grow with Waco, we will continue to build upon our rich history of service to the community.”

Patterson succeeds Brett Esrock who announced in April 2017 he was leaving Waco and taking a new job out of state.

Esrock came to Waco in 2011 as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Providence Healthcare Network.

In 2013 he was promoted to president and chief executive officer following the retirement of former President and CEO Kent Keahey.