published Friday, November 18th, 2011

Chattanooga: Erlanger CEO Jim Brexler to retire

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    Erlanger CEO Jim Brexler speaks in this September 29 file photo.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Jim Brexler has announced his plans to retire as president and CEO of Erlanger Health System within the next several weeks.

“I am very proud of the work that has been done over the past eight years. When I came to Chattanooga, Erlanger was in the difficult place of operating under an OIG (Department of Human Services’ Office of Inspector General) investigation; since that time the system has implemented a model compliance program,” Brexler said in a statement.

Ron Loving, newly elected chairman of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority board of trustees, said Bexler has served “with great distinction” for the last eight years.

“He has positioned the system well to face the challenges of the future,” Loving said.

“Jim has not only devoted his skills and expertise in health care administration to the challenges faced by a safety net hospital, but also to the healthcare challenges faced by the community, region and state,” Loving said.

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sandyonsignal said...

Something tells me we are in for a record loss. So glad they acquired the record losing Hutcheson hospital to make Erlanger have epic losses. And the 500k spent on using Ritz -Carlton for hospital manners instead of using well run hospitals for advice is really a grand idea. If they had used M.D. Anderson or Cleveland Clinic for care, they would never have sent a still born infant home in a refrigerated to go box. Hope there will be a return of sensitivity when Brexler exits the stage.

November 18, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

How much are we paying for his golden parachute? How many employees will have their retirement funds raided to make up the difference? How can we be sure to sue him into bankruptcy if we get stuck with a massive bill as a result of some decision he made while he was in office?

November 18, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.
Facts said...

I understand the cynical remarks. Mark this down-Brexler's crossed a political big-dog on Erlanger's campus and the weak board has turned to mush. Again. Making tough business decisions angers some folks who don't like their applecart rattled. Shame on you Erlanger Board. If the paper would do a little research, they'd find the same little battles dump leadership every few years. The federal fine paid by Erlanger results from a previous CEO catering to certain interests.

November 18, 2011 at 9:11 p.m.
chatt1746 said...

Erlanger employees are rejoicing tonight. If it was the board that really decided he would go, then thanks to them for making what must have been a really tough decision. Erlanger is a great place where a lot of good folks work hard to serve patients. However, the leaders have been less than we deserve. The self-interest of several of them became more important than their work here. So, Mr. Brexler leaving is a great start. However, there are a few others who need to pack their offices and go with him. I would encourage Mr. Brexler to loan a nice-sized box to his father-in-law Doug Fisher…who clearly only got or kept his high-paying job because of who he knew. It was time for changes like this to make us all Erlanger Proud.

November 18, 2011 at 10:11 p.m.
BravesDave said...

My grandfather was the Hospital Administrator from 1949-1976 and he would loathe what has transpired there.

November 19, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
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