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UPDATE: Erlanger president Brexler to retire

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(WRCB) - Erlanger President and CEO Jim Brexler has announced plans to retire by the end of the year.

Newly elected Chairman of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board, Ron Loving, stated, "Jim has been at Erlanger for the past eight years and served with great distinction; he has positioned the system well to face the challenges of the future."

In a statement released today, Brexler said "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 investigation; since that time the system has implemented a model compliance program."

"Perhaps the most important contribution to this community is Erlanger's continued ability to be able to provide more than $80 million annually in uncompensated care to the at-risk population and continue to do so while being commercially viable," Mr. Brexler said. "I am extremely proud of our many successes over the years including our strong affiliation with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, the region's only teaching hospital, as well as the recent opening of Erlanger at Volkswagen Drive, and maintaining our A3 Bond rating throughout my tenure.

"With the exception of the OIG settlement of $40 million, my administration has achieved a positive operating income seven of the eight years I have served as the CEO," Brexler stated.

"Jim has not only devoted his skills and expertise in healthcare 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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