Erlanger trustees voted 5 to 3 Monday to name Kevin Spiegel as president and CEO of Erlanger Health System.

After the motion carried, trustee Russell King made a motion that the vote be reflected as unanimous by the full board.

Spiegel will replace interim CEO Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, who has served in the position since former CEO Jim Brexler announced his retirement in November 2011.Spiegel is expected to assume his new position at Erlanger by the end of March.

“As we conclude the CEO search process, I want to express my appreciation to Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson for her years of leadership and contributions to Erlanger,” said board Chairman Ron Loving. “Since undertaking the role of interim CEO, she has made considerable progress toward improvements in patient satisfaction, financial operations as well as physician relations.”


Spiegel has served as CEO at Methodist University Hospital inMemphis,Tenn., for the past five years. Methodist University Hospital, part of Methodist-Le Bonheur Healthcare, is the major academic campus for the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Medicine, where Spiegel is an assistant professor.

Methodist University Hospital has been named the No. 1 regional hospital system byU.S. News and World Reportfor three consecutive years and has six regional centers of excellence.

State legislators are considering a bill that aims to change the governance structure of Erlanger Health System.The proposed legislation is meant to address the way the board of trustees operates and ultimately the profitability of the hospital.

Erlanger ended the fiscal year on May 31 with a $15.2 million loss, according to archives.

Erlanger is projecting a $3.5 million profit in the next fiscal year and a 4.3 percent growth in patient admissions.