Erlanger Names Executive Vice President And COO

Monday, October 21, 2013
Robert Brooks
Robert Brooks

Erlanger Health System President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel has announced the appointment of Robert M. Brooks, FACHE, as Erlanger’s new executive vice president and chief operating officer.  

“With his impressive background in both clinical and non-clinical leadership positions, Robert will be a tremendous asset to Erlanger’s executive team, our academic mission, this community and those we serve,” Mr. Spiegel said. Mr. Brooks is expected to begin his duties at Erlanger in mid-November.

Erlanger’s new system COO is currently a hospital executive for Health Management Associates, Inc. which operates more than 70 hospitals nationwide.  He comes to Chattanooga from St. Cloud Regional Medical Center near Orlando, Fl., where he serves as chief executive officer. 

Mr. Brooks is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He obtained an MBA and a post-graduate certificate in Health Care Management from Youngstown State University in Ohio.  He is also a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Kent State University, as well as an EMT-Paramedic.  Mr. Brooks has 20 years of experience in the healthcare field and in healthcare management.

Prior to his CEO position in Florida Mr. Brooks was the COO at Central Mississippi Medical Center, one of HMA’s largest hospitals.  He also served as vice president of Operations and Centers of Excellence for Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, the major teaching campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Throughout his career, Mr. Brooks has been involved in efforts to provide quality health care in the communities he has served.  He was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Memphis, and taught both Healthcare Administration as well as the Capstone Course for the MHA program.  He has served on numerous boards throughout his health care career, and was awarded the honor of being one of the “Top 40 Under 40” community and business leaders in Memphis by the Memphis Business Journal.

He continues to advance the education of others by lecturing at the local level, as well as nationally.  He spoke annually at the “When Every Second Counts” EMS Symposium, sponsored by the Memphis University Hospital Center for Emergency Medicine.  He has also lectured at more than 30 different venues throughout the United States on “Leveraging Technology for Optimal ED Management.” 

Mr. Brooks and his wife, Jeannine have four children, Kyle, Kasey, Cody and Conner.

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