Patricia L. Brewster, MHA, FACMPE
Patricia L. Brewster, MHA, FACMPE
The Associations bestowed the 2008 Harwick Award on Patricia L. Brewster, FACMPE, chief executive officer, Southern Orthopaedic Specialists LLC, Atlanta.
In a career that spans more than 25 years, she
has led four of the most respected and successful orthopedic groups in Atlanta.
But beyond her
outstanding leadership of these organizations, Brewster
is recognized for her
passionate commitment to lifelong learning.
Her journey started as a personal quest but expanded into a mission to ensure that anyone seeking to become a medical practice executive could find programs to help them attain and maintain the professional skills necessary to serve their organizations at the highest level.
Brewster joined Orthopaedic Associates of Atlanta PC in 1983, serving as administrator for almost seven years.
She went on to work at Phoenix Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine PC.
guided both of these practices to financial success while building teams of providers and support staff recognized for high-quality musculoskeletal services.
In 1995, she became Atlanta regional director at the Hughston Clinic PC, and for the next seven years helped the organization enhance its reputation as a Center of Excellence for research, education, training and treatment of musculoskeletal injury and disease.
In seven years she
progressed to chief operating officer.
Brewster's dedication to the clinic and its development of outstanding educational resources and therapeutic services was particularly notable given that for much of the time her
weekly commute exceeded 100 miles each way.
Since 2002 she has served as CEO of Southern Orthopaedic Specialists LLC and its related organizations.
leadership has helped it become a leading provider of orthopedic services in the greater Atlanta metro area.
Brewster's focus on professional development and excellence led her
to join MGMA
in 1978 and ACMPE
quickly got involved in education and volunteer leadership activities for the Associations.
In the late 1980s she served as College Forum coordinator and as a member of both the ACMPE Professional Papers Committee and the Membership Development Committee.
received the ACMPE
Meritorious Service Award for her
"vision and leadership in founding and developing the ACMPE College Forum
These efforts led her
to assist in developing the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management - the foundation for professionals in the field.
In 2001, ACMPE conferred Distinguished Fellow status on Brewster; she is the only active ACMPE member to have earned the title.
She has served on the ACMPE/MGMA University Relations Advisory Committee since 2001, helped found the MGMA Orthopaedic Practice Assembly and in 1998-99 was ACMPE Board chair.
article, "Servant leadership ... a return to our origin," published in the MGM Journal
, received the 2002 Edward B. Stevens Article of the Year Award.
In addition, Brewster has twice chaired the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education and served as co-executive editor of Strategic Orthopaedics Journal.
gets involved in the Atlanta community, as well.
For the 1996 Olympic Games in her home city she sat on the planning committee for medical services, which developed policies and procedures for the event's athletic venues.
During the games she
acted as regional coordinator with command-center duties.
has volunteered for the Atlanta Sports Council
, professional sports programs, numerous schools and college and the Georgia Special Olympics.