Chief operating officer leaves Erlanger

Rob Brooks
photo Rob Brooks

Erlanger Health System's executive vice president and chief operating officer "has separated from the organization," according to an emailed statement from Erlanger CEO and President Kevin Spiegel.

Rob Brooks' tenure at Erlanger ended Tuesday after six years in his role as the health system's chief operating officer.

"We sincerely wish Rob and his family much success as he transitions into the next phase of his career. In the very near future, I will be announcing an organizational structure to ensure ongoing alignment with Erlanger's mission and strategic initiatives," Spiegel said.

Erlanger officials did not respond to questions from the Times Free Press as to whether Brooks' departure was related to issues brought forth in a letter from the hospital's Medical Executive Committee.

The letter detailed concerns over chronic operational issues, including inefficiency, understaffing, poor morale and policies that cause overcrowding in the emergency department and operating rooms. As a result, the committee voted unanimously "no confidence in the structure of the current Executive Leadership to ensure quality and safety of patient care."

Several top physicians on the committee who wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing their jobs said the vote of no confidence was directed at the executives who oversee service lines that affect efficiency and patient care quality, including Brooks.

Attempts to reach Brooks for comment on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Contact Elizabeth Fite at or 423-757-6673.