Patrick A. Auman, Ph.D., Named Permanent Chief Executive Officer of HCHS

The Harlan County Health System Board of Trustees would like to announce the hiring of Patrick A. Auman, Ph.D., as the CEO of HCHS. In this role, Auman will oversee all operations of the 19-bed critical access hospital.

Auman is a progressive healthcare executive with over 29 years of executive level hospital operations experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments. He has served in all levels of leadership from vice president of operations to chief executive officer in facilities ranging from 36-beds to 550-beds. He has also had experience in multi-hospital operational responsibility.

Auman has worked at numerous hospitals, including Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in Kansas, Texas Specialty Hospital at Houston, Regency Hospital of Odessa also in Texas and Avera McKennan Hospital & University of Health Center in South Dakota.

Auman is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Hospital Association and the American Public Health Association. He has received numerous awards, including the HCIA/Mercer award for operating one of the top 100 Best run Hospitals in the United States.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to accept this permanent role,” says Auman. “I appreciate the unique, personalized care a hospital like HCHS offers their patients. It’s a care that elevates relationships to a personalized level that is not seen in larger hospitals on a normal basis. I am excited to be a part of this next phase for HCHS,” explained Dr. Auman.