Cerner Corp. co-founder, CEO Neal Patterson dies at 67
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The health care technology firm Cerner Corp. says its co-founder and CEO, Neal Patterson, has died.
The Kansas City Star reports that Cerner said in a statement that Patterson died Sunday at 67. The statement said that Patterson died of unexpected complications from a soft-tissue cancer for which he had been treated previously.
The company's vice chairman and co-founder, Cliff Illig, has been named chairman and interim CEO. Patterson and Illig had worked closely together during the 38 years since they co-founded the North Kansas City-based company.
Illig described Patterson's death as a "profound loss" in a statement. Patterson said frequently in his last public appearances: "What we do is hard. It isn't easy."
The company has about 12,800 workers in the Kansas City area and about 24,000 worldwide.