President & Chief Executive Officer
Presbyterian Homes of Georgia
Location: Athens, Georgia
The words that guide Alex Patterson are strong —
“A leader must be transparent and the purveyor of hope.”
“If the leader is communicating by word or body
language that all is lost, it is,” said Patterson, president
and Chief Executive Officer, Presbyterian Homes
of Georgia (PHGA), a Christian ministry providing
exceptional services to enhance the quality of life
for senior adults. “This does not mean that a leader
should hide from, or fail to acknowledge, reality even
if it is a negative reality, but they must shape it in a
positive direction or the next step will never be taken,
and the organization they lead will decline.”
PHGA is a 72-year old ministry that has enjoyed
leadership, since inception, by people who model
that Christian ethos embodied in the image of the
suffering servant. Patterson fits that mold.
Joining PHGA in 2009, Patterson began his career
in 2000 as an administrator in training within the
skilled nursing facility industry segment, rising to
full administrator by 2002. He served in this capacity
in increasingly larger facilities over the next several
years, until he was recruited to PHGA. In 2015,
Patterson, then the vice president of PHGA, got
the opportunity to lead the largest single expansion
of services in the organization’s 70+ year history,
developing a 70-acre Life Plan Community(LPC) in
the metropolitan area of Athens, Georgia.
The project carried a cost of over $150 million,
expanded the number of people served, and increased
annual revenues of the organization by 40%. This
success, along with his notable track record in the
healthcare industry, led PHGA to name Patterson its
third president and CEO in February 2020.
Patterson explained that PHGA will now turn its
attention to renovation, expansion, and repositioning
of its existing campuses, giving the three affordable
housing properties $50 million worth of renovations.
He added that the two existing LPC campuses will
also get extensive renovations and some expansion as
we seek to reposition them for a post-COVID future.
And the future for PHGA is bright, according to
Patterson. “As we move into the future, we intend to
‘tilt’ these two locations more toward the independent
living/hospitality end of the spectrum and away
from the traditional healthcare centric model just
as we have done with our newly constructed LPC in
Athens,” he said.
Patterson, known as a strong leader who never stops
learning or networking, said, “I have found there are
lessons to be learned in every story, success or failure,
and those lessons can be applied across any industry
He added that there is wisdom to be gained by
networking with leaders within associations, awards
programs, or the like.
“All leaders face trials and listening to their stories will
inform my actions in the trials still ahead of me while
sharing my stories will do the same for those that take
the time to hear them. Staying in connection with
others is the best way to exert influence.”
At one point in his life Alex was a "scratch" golfer. He is far from that now but still enjoys playing the game when he has time.