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June 10, 2002

John Fox named new CEO of Emory Healthcare

By Ron Sauder

John Fox, formerly president and chief operating officer of Emory Healthcare, was promoted last month to president and chief executive officer by Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs.

Johns called Fox’s appointment as CEO an important step in the continuing evolution of Emory Healthcare into a fully integrated, patient-centered health system better able to respond to competitive forces in the Atlanta health care market place.

“John Fox has proven to be the pivotal change agent we wanted when we brought him on board three years ago, and this position will give him a chance to build on that role,” Johns said. “He understands the variables impacting today’s health care marketplace, and he has the experience, knowledge and ability to deal with marketplace challenges while enhancing the many opportunities within Emory Healthcare.”

As chairman of the Board of Directors for Emory Healthcare (as well as director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC), of which Emory Healthcare is the clinical arm), Johns will continue to oversee strategy and direction of Emory Healthcare, as he does with the three professional schools and other units that make up WHSC.
Johns also streamlined the executive reporting relationships within the system. The heads of Emory Clinic, Emory Children’s Center and Emory Hospitals—including Emory University Hospital, Crawford Long Hospital and Wesley Woods Center—now will report directly to Fox.

“I am pleased and honored to be charged with primary responsibility for moving Emory Healthcare forward as one of our nation’s premier health care systems,” Fox said. “I look forward to working closely with Dr. Johns and the board and everyone on the Emory Healthcare team to make Emory Healthcare a model for highest quality, patient-centered care.”

Fox will continue many of the responsibilities he spearheaded over the past three years, from managed care to service improvement. One of his first challenges is further integrating the business operations from a patient, customer and employee perspective. The continuing integration of Emory Healthcare will include for the first time working toward a unified human resources and compensation program for all 8,100 nonfaculty employees of Emory Healthcare’s hospitals and clinics.

Fox came to Emory in April 1999 from Clarian Health System in Indianapolis, where he served as executive vice president. Earlier in his career, from 1987 to 1989, he served as vice president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he worked with Johns, who was at the time associate dean of clinical practice at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Fox is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his MBA.