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Hattiesburg Clinic Selects New CEO

Hattiesburg Clinic Selects Bryan N. Batson, MD, as New Chief Executive Officer

Hattiesburg Clinic announced that the board of directors has appointed Bryan N. Batson, MD, as the new chief executive officer.

Dr. Batson, a Hattiesburg Clinic internal medicine physician for 17 years, has served on the Hattiesburg Clinic board of directors for the past 12 years, and he is currently the clinic’s chief medical informatics officer. Under his direction, the clinic’s Epic electronic medical record installation is considered in the top 5% of Epic’s clients worldwide.

Dr. Batson’s previous responsibilities include serving as the medical director of the clinic’s value-based plans and as chair of the quality care improvement committee. In 2017, Hattiesburg Clinic’s largest value-based plan of over 20,000 Medicare patients was rated number one in the U.S. for quality performance when compared to similarly-situated accountable care organizations.

“Dr. Batson is uniquely qualified to assume the position of chief executive officer of Hattiesburg Clinic,” John M. Fitzpatrick, MD, President of the Hattiesburg Clinic Board of Directors said. “His management style will involve obtaining input from clinic physicians regarding significant strategic and operational recommendations which will be submitted to the Hattiesburg Clinic board of directors.”

Dr. Batson follows Tommy G. Thornton, FACMPE, as the Hattiesburg Clinic chief executive officer. Thornton has served at Hattiesburg Clinic for 50 years.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the CEO of Hattiesburg Clinic, and I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished over the years,” Thornton said. “The board of directors and I are confident that Dr. Batson will continue the success of the organization.”

Tate Rutland


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