Cerner CEO Neal Patterson, 67, dies from cancer complications

Cerner Chairman and CEO Neal Patterson died July 9 after an ongoing battle with soft tissue cancer.

Mr. Patterson died as a result of unexpected complications following a recent recurrence of the cancer. Despite Mr. Patterson's initial cancer diagnosis in 2016, he remained involved in the company's operations until his death Sunday.

Cerner named Cliff Illig — company co-founder and vice chairman of the board — chairman and interim CEO. Mr. Patterson and Mr. Illig co-founded the company in 1979.

"This is a profound loss," Mr. Illig said. "Neal and I have been partners and collaborators for nearly 40 years, and friends for longer than that."

Scott Becker, Publisher of Becker's Healthcare, noted, "He had his pluses and minuses, but overall Neal was a remarkable visionary and leader. Under his leadership, Cerner grew exponentially."

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