Erlanger trustees call special meeting over future of CEO

The board of trustees for Erlanger Health System called a public meeting to discuss concerns over the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based system's operations and its CEO, according to the Times Free Press.

The special meeting, held Aug. 29, discussed physician backlash against Erlanger's leadership. In May, physicians on Erlanger's 11-member Medical Executive Committee sent a letter to the chairman of the health system's board of trustees informing him they unanimously approved a no-confidence vote in several of the health system's executives. The vote included President and CEO Kevin Spiegel.

Board Chairman Mike Griffin said problems raised in the letter, like inefficiency, understaffing, low morale and emergency department overcrowding, have improved. Still, some physicians remain unhappy with Erlanger's executive team, according to the report.

The board decided to not vote on Mr. Spiegel's future, as not all of the board members were present. In an address to the board and public, Mr. Spiegel said Erlanger has seen success during his tenure. 

"The financial position at Erlanger has never been healthier and never been stronger," he said, according to the Times Free Press. "We want to see Erlanger go to the next level, and I'm prepared to lead that, and I want to see everybody here join me."

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