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Doylestown Hospital Names New President, CEO

December 18, 2012

The Board of Directors of Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, Pa., announced that James Brexler will become the hospital’s next president and CEO. Brexler will succeed Richard A. Reif, who announced his retirement after serving in the position for 23 years.

“We are thrilled to bring a very thoughtful leader with a unique depth and breadth of experience to our hospital and community,” said board of directors chair Carolyn Della-Rodolfa. “The search committee was struck by Jim’s instinctual understanding of our culture, our commitment to maintaining the independence of our hospital and quality of our medical staff, and most of all, our mission to improve the health and wellness of our community.”

Brexler previously served as president and CEO of Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., a six-hospital, 1,035-bed regional health system. During his eight-year tenure, Brexler guided the public health provider through an expansion, achieved and maintained positive operating incomes and an “A” bond rating, and developed strong community alliances.

“Health care is a complex and rapidly changing industry, and Jim has demonstrated his ability to manage every situation and opportunity throughout his career,” said Bruce M. Derrick, MD, president of the Doylestown Hospital Medical Staff. “We chose Jim because we believe his knowledge and leadership skills will guide us through the challenges ahead, preserving our independence and maintaining our focus on patient satisfaction and quality improvement.”

Currently working as a consultant to Vanderbilt University Hospital, Brexler has had a distinguished career leading complex healthcare systems in multiple markets. When he assumed leadership of Erlanger in 2004, the health system was under federal investigation into questionable physician contracting. Within two years, Brexler had successfully rewritten all physician contracts, negotiated a settlement with the government, and implemented a model compliance program.

Brexler also served as vice chancellor of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s board of directors. He received the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award, and was honored in 2011 with the Tennessee Hospital Association’s highest award for distinguished service.

“I am extremely honored to be selected to lead Doylestown Hospital. I am very impressed by the working relationship between the physicians and the hospital. Together they’ve developed a powerful model for health care quality that is ahead of its time and has positioned the hospital well for the future. Doylestown Hospital’s long-standing commitment to community health is very exciting to me, and exactly what health care reform should embrace. I look forward to working collaboratively with the entire organization on the next chapter in its long history of excellence,” said Brexler.

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