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Ms. Purdy joined EdiPhy Advisors as its Chief Development Officer in

 2007. Prior to joining EdiPhy Advisors she was the Executive Vice

President and Chief Financial Officer of St. Vincent’s Health System in

Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Purdy received her Bachelor of Science degree,

with high honors, in Accounting from Auburn University. At Auburn, she

was one of two recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award which

honors excellence of character and overall contributions to the

university. She is a Certified Public Accountant (retired) and worked in public

accounting prior to joining St. Vincent’s. Over the twenty-six years

that she was with St. Vincent’s, she held various positions of

increasing responsibilities. From 1999 until she left in 2007 she also

served as St. Vincent’s Health System’s Corporate Compliance Officer. At EdiPhy Advisors, Ms. Purdy uses the knowledge she learned over the

years and brings a hospital’s perspective to the services that EdiPhy

Advisors provides. She is active in her community serving on Lakeshore

Foundation’s board and in leadership positions in her church.

Ms. Ragsdale serves as the Chief Executive Officer for EdiPhy

Advisors, a company she co-founded in 1995. Joan is a Phi Beta Kappa

graduate of the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor of

 Arts degree, magna cum laude. She received her law degree from the

University of Alabama where she was an editor of the Alabama Law Review

and was on the National Moot Court team. Prior to founding EdiPhy

Advisors, she practiced law in Birmingham. She was a partner with Sirote

 & Permutt and later, Bradley, Arant, Rose & White where she

served as Chair of the Healthcare Group.

She is a past-President of the Health Law Section of the Alabama

Bar, was previously selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in

America, as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top Ten Business

Women in Birmingham” and as a Birmingham Health Care Hero. Joan is a

frequent speaker and author on current health care regulatory and

compliance issues. She is a board member of the Jefferson County Medical

Foundation Trust, the UAB Callahan Eye Foundation, Inc. board, and a

member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Leadership


Dr. Patterson is an internist with Mayfair Internal Medicine, LLC in

 Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology

and received his Medical degree from the University of South Alabama. He

 completed his residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham

where he served as Chief Resident & Instructor in Medicine.


In July 2009, Dr. Patterson received the honor of being inducted as a

 Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Patterson is Board

Certified in internal medicine and is on the Medical Staff of St.

Vincent’s Birmingham. Dr. Patterson has been in private practice for

over 22 years. He is a founding owner of EdiPhy Advisors and serves as

Chair of the Board of Managers and Medical Director.

Joan C. Ragsdale, JD

Dr. W. Guy Patterson , MD

Ann M. Purdy

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Development Officer

Medical Director


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