I am not one to regularly, if ever, make posts, especially in what seems to be a possible hit piece against one individual, but I had to finally speak up, for the good of Erlanger hospital and for the good of the community.
As I see it, what this all amounts to is a dispute as to the level of due diligence Brexler has performed in his duties. What must be asked is:
1)Has he performed,
2)Could someone else have performed better, and
3)Where would we be today with someone else?
Personally I believe this hospital and the community of Chattanooga is far better off than it ever could have been without Brexler. I believe he has performed better than anyone else could have and without him Erlanger would have been in a much worse situation. Brexler has tackled a near impossible task of running a hospital with a history of problems, both in its administration/board and in its target demographic, and he has done quite well. Brexler has been recognized nationally by Presidents, statewide by the Tennessee Hospital Association and important stakeholders, and locally by numerous charity and special interests groups for his outstanding work and tireless dedication. He has brought an entire body of work with him that is rivaled by few with an entire career in bettering public hospital systems. Never being afraid of challenging the status quo, never backing down from from personal interests that would benefit at the public's expense. While I have never worked in this particular hospital those I have met that have/do are always pleased with its direction and Brexler's leadership.
That aside, as far as his severance packet, a deal is a deal and it seems very wrong to renege on a deal made in good faith. Which brings up a comment by one of the board members regarding physicians... is there more to this dispute than what meets the eye? Why is the CEO of a major organization being judged more by the opinions of a group of people with a financial interest in controlling the CEO rather than the outstanding performance outcomes of a major charity hospital in the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression and a vested community at-large? Whats more, if the board does not grant this package to Brexler, what will the eventual costs be in terms of lawsuits and loss of Goodwill to the hospital and the community and how will the hospital be able to recruit strong leadership in the future if this is what Erlanger and specifically its board is known for? What does this say? I know if I were in this man's shoes Id want to be dealt with fairly and devoid of any petty emotional ploys by an apparently lethargic board. I believe the proposed package made Monday was a fair deal.
Pay the man his due. Pay the man his fair, rightful due, and then lets move forward.