Erlanger's Will Jackson not chosen as South Florida hospital CEO

Dr. Will Jackson, president and CEO of Erlanger Health System, was not tapped to lead the South Florida public hospital where he was one of four finalists in a CEO search.

The board of Memorial Healthcare System - a $2.3 billion health care network situated between Fort Lauderdale and Miami - met Friday and deliberated for over an hour before ultimately choosing Scott Wester, current president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Three of the seven board members picked Jackson as their first choice, saying they were drawn to the fact that he's a physician, has a master's degree in business administration, served in the military and completed his undergraduate degree in Florida.

However, a board majority chose Wester for his demeanor and strategic outlook.