Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel is out

Kevin Spiegel is no longer the CEO of Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., according to the Times Free Press.

Mr. Spiegel, who led the public hospital for six and a half years, separated from the organization Sept. 11 before a since-canceled second meeting to address his future at the health system. Mr. Spiegel said his separation from Erlanger was a mutual decision.

"We're still working out the details, and hopefully that'll be complete by the board meeting in two weeks," he said, according to the Times Free Press. "This is a great hospital and it's a great organization, and it's only going to do better and better things."

The departure comes about two weeks after Erlanger board members held a special meeting to discuss Mr. Spiegel's future. The Aug. 29 meeting discussed physician backlash against Erlanger's leadership, including Mr. Spiegel. 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, including Mr. Spiegel.

In an emailed statement to Becker's, Erlanger said its board plans to pick Mr. Spiegel's successor at its regular board meeting on Sept. 26. The board's chairman Mike Griffin said, "There is no question Erlanger's staff and physicians will continue to provide exceptional care to their patients and the many communities they serve," assuring staff and the community services won't be disrupted during the leadership transition.

Scott Becker, publisher of Becker's, commented on Mr. Spiegel's departure: "We think very highly of Kevin and hope he has great success in the future."

Editor's note: This article was updated to include additional information from Erlanger.

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