MOBILE, Ala. — Owen Bailey, a veteran health care leader who serves as administrator of University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital, has been named the chief operating officer of USA Health, a comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives.
In this newly created role, Bailey will be responsible for the management, operation and oversight of USA Health, with a goal of enhancing a high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care delivery system. He will work closely with University of South Alabama and USA Health leaders to set strategic direction and operational goals. With more than 3,700 employees, USA Health’s annual economic impact is $560 million.
USA Health Vice President Stan Hammack said Bailey’s leadership skills and experience in health care will be assets in this new role.
“Five years ago, we were glad to have Owen join our management team,” Hammack said. “His combination of experience and leadership is appreciated, and we are pleased he has taken on this new position. He will work closely with our administrative teams and advocate on state and national health care policy matters that directly affect our patients.”
Bailey said he is proud to serve USA Health as chief operating officer, even as he continues to lead USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital for the immediate future.
“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 has served as administrator of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital since 2011, 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, University of Mobile, 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.
USA Health helps people lead longer, better lives through its excellence in education, research and medical care. With more than 3,700 employees, USA’s health 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, our team of 180 physicians, 240 residents and fellows, and 800 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.
originally published on usahealthsystem.com