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Jim Brexler, who be­came pres­i­dent and CEO of Erlanger Health Sys­tem, Chat­tanooga, Tenn., dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice that led to a $40 mil­lion set­tle­ment of physi­cian kick­back al­le­ga­tions, plans to re­tire in the next few weeks, ac­cord­ing to Erlanger. Brexler, 60, said in a state­ment that Erlanger’s big­gest con­tri­bu­tion to its com­mu­nity is its abil­ity as a pub­lic hos­pi­tal to pro­vide more than $80 mil­lion an­nu­ally in un­com­pen­sated care while still record­ing pos­i­tive op­er­at­ing in­come in seven of his eight years at the helm. Erlanger’s af­fil­i­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee Col­lege of Medicine and main­te­nance of its A3 bond rat­ing are also proud ac­com­plish­ments of his time at Erlanger, Brexler said. Be­fore join­ing Erlanger, Brexler was a vice chan­cel­lor of the Louisiana State Univer­sity Health Sciences Cen­ter, and he was CEO of the cen­ter’s health­care ser­vices divi­sion from 1999 to 2004. In the kick­back case, the govern­ment al­leged that Erlanger used its fac­ulty prac­tice plan to make di­rect and in­di­rect pay­ments to physi­cians to in­duce re­fer­rals. Erlanger ad­mit­ted no wrong­do­ing in the 2005 set­tle­ment. … Caromont Health, Gas­to­nia, N.C., named a new top ex­ec­u­tive to re­place Valinda Rut­ledge, who ac­cepted a job with the Cen­ter for Medi­care and Med­i­caid In­no­va­tion within the CMS in May. Ran­dall Kel­ley will be­come pres­i­dent and CEO of Caromont in Jan­uary, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Kel­ley, 53, has been a se­nior VP of Inova Health Sys­tem, Falls Church, Va., and CEO of Inova Loudoun Hos­pi­tal, Lees­burg, Va., since 2006. Pre­vi­ously, Kel­ley was pres­i­dent and CEO of Gate­way Health Sys­tem, Clarksville, Tenn., when it was owned by Triad Hos­pi­tals, Plano, Texas, and also has worked for hos­pi­tals in Michi­gan and Ohio. … Froedtert Health hired David Ol­son as chief strat­egy of­fi­cer for the Wis­con­sin sys­tem. Ol­son, 49, served as ex­ec­u­tive VP of Columbia St. Mary’s and pres­i­dent of Columbia St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal Ozau­kee, a hos­pi­tal in Me­quon, Wis., un­til ear­lier this year. He is a former pres­i­dent and CEO of Bay Area Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Marinette, Wis. Froedtert said in a news re­lease that Ol­son is re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing, di­rect­ing and im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies that sup­port the sys­tem’s growth ob­jec­tives. He re­places Cather­ine Ja­cob­son, who was pro­moted to pres­i­dent of Froedtert Health in June.



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