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MOBILE, Ala. -- Owen Bailey, a veteran health care leader who has served as chief operating officer of USA Health since March 2016, has been named chief executive officer and senior associate vice president for medical affairs of the comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives.
In this role, Bailey will be the chief executive responsible for the management and operation of the University of South Alabama hospitals and outpatient centers with a goal of providing high quality, cost-effective, innovative health care.
University of South Alabama President Tony Waldrop and John V. Marymont MD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the college of medicine in charge of the oversight of USA Health, are delighted Bailey accepted the position.
“Owen is an extremely respected, seasoned healthcare veteran with great leadership skills and managerial experience who possesses unquestionable character and integrity. As we position USA Health for the future, it became very clear that there is no better person for the job than Owen.”
Bailey said he is proud to take on this new leadership role with the health system.
"It's an honor to work with this great team," Bailey said. "I'm proud to be part of a system that provides such unique programs and services. USA Health plays a crucial role in providing health care, research and education to our region."
Bailey served as administrator of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital from 2011 to 2016, leading the development and opening of a new children’s tower in 2013. The tower doubled the size of the hospital and expanded USA Children’s & Women’s pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, which are unique in the region.
Prior to joining USA, he led Fairhope’s Thomas Hospital as president and chief executive officer from 1992-2006 before joining Infirmary Health System as an executive vice president from 2006-2011.
A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Bailey has served on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Alabama. He is past chairman of the Southwest Council for the Alabama Hospital Association, Mobile Area Education Foundation and the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council. He serves on several boards including the Alabama Hospital Association, United Way of Southwest Alabama, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile and the Business Council of Alabama.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Auburn University and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been active in alumni associations at both schools. He and his wife, Genie, have four children.
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Warren Greene has been named assistant administrator of support services for USA Health. In his new role, Greene will oversee 23 departments at USA Medical Center and USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Since 2013, he has served as assistant to the administrator at USA Medical Center.
Elizabeth “Liz” Kirby
Liz Kirby has been named an assistant administrator for the 3,800-employee system. Her new role includes the Department of Family Medicine, the University Physicians Group primary care clinic near the University of South Alabama main campus, and women's health services, including the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Brian Norris recently was appointed administrator of ambulatory services for USA Health at the University of South Alabama. In his new position, Norris will oversee the day-to-day operations of USA Physicians Group, the region’s only academic practice and the region’s largest multi-specialty practice with clinics in Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties.
About USA Health
USA Health helps people lead longer, better lives through its excellence in education, research and medical care. With more than 3,700 employees, USA Health’s network includes USA Medical Center, USA Children's & Women's Hospital, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Physicians Group and the USA College of Medicine. Each year, a team of 180 physicians, 240 residents and fellows, and more than 1,000 nurses handle some 185,000 clinic visits and 350,000 outpatient procedures. USA Health delivers 2,800 babies a year, more than any other regional hospital, and treats patients through some 60,000 emergency room visits annually.
In addition to advanced and innovative patient care offered at university hospitals and clinics, USA's medical education programs provide first-class training experiences for the next generation of physicians and scientists. USA Health delivers excellence in care while improving the quality of life for residents across the Gulf Coast.
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