CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees, on Tuesday, appointed Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson Interim President and CEO of Erlanger Health System.

Woodard-Thompson currently serves as Erlanger Executive Vice President.

"Few people understand Erlanger as well as Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson," said Board Chairman Ron Loving.  "Charlesetta has been a part of the Erlanger family almost 20 years.  She has answered this call before, serving as Interim President and CEO for 13 months in 2003 and 2004."

Woodard-Thompson will assume the helm of Chattanooga's largest health system from James Brexler, who announced plans to step down effective December 31. 

Woodward-Thompson will serve until the Hospital Authority Board identifies a new President and CEO.  The Hospital Authority Board will evaluate and determine an appropriate search process.