Joan C. Ragsdale, JD

Chief Executive Officer

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 Committee.

Ann M. Purdy, CPA

Chief Development Officer

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 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.


Dr. W. Guy Patterson, MD

Medical Director

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.