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Alumni News Kevin Storr March 06, 2017

OwenBailey USAHealth COO 2016Owen Bailey, MSHA Class 22, named CEO of USA HealthOwen Bailey, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions' Master of Science in Health Administration program (Class 22) and 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.

*Original story written by USA Health

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