Since joining Piedmont Healthcare as president and CEO in May 2013, Kevin Brown has established Piedmont as a leader in clinical and service quality. Through an operating model that places the patient at the center of the organization’s decision-making, Piedmont has produced outcomes that rival some of the best in the country. Under Brown’s watch, Piedmont has frequently earned more A grades from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog that rates hospitals on quality, than any other system in Georgia. Brown has been an advocate of transparency in clinical and service quality, helping to educate consumers to make informed decisions. Since 2013, the Piedmont system has tripled in size, now serving over 2.7 million Georgians in more than 750 locations. Among other offerings, the system now operates the largest urgent care and retail network in the state. The system has also grown from five to 16 hospitals, serving markets that represent over 80 percent of the state’s population. During his tenure, net revenues have risen from $1.5 billion to a projected $5.5 billion in FY 2022.
Brown brought to Piedmont a culture of stewardship that is now ingrained into the daily operations. As a result, the total cost of operating Piedmont, on a per unit basis, was less prior at the start of the pandemic than when he arrived in 2013.
As a non-profit health system, Piedmont makes contributions to the communities it serves. In FY 2020, Piedmont’s total community benefit increased to nearly $466.3 million.
Among his Atlanta community involvements, Brown serves as a Director of the Buckhead Coalition, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals and the Holy Innocents Episcopal School.