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Erlanger CEO Jim Brexler speaks in this September 29 file photo.

Jim Brexler has announced his plans to retire as president and CEO of Erlanger Health System within the next several weeks.

"I am very proud of the work that has been done over the past eight years. When I came to Chattanooga, Erlanger was in the difficult place of operating under an OIG (Department of Human Services' Office of Inspector General) investigation; since that time the system has implemented a model compliance program," Brexler said in a statement.

Ron Loving, newly elected chairman of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority board of trustees, said Bexler has served "with great distinction" for the last eight years.

"He has positioned the system well to face the challenges of the future," Loving said.

"Jim has not only devoted his skills and expertise in health care administration to the challenges faced by a safety net hospital, but also to the healthcare challenges faced by the community, region and state," Loving said.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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