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 Foxs 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 todays 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
Johns also streamlined the executive reporting relationships within
the system. The heads of Emory Clinic, Emory Childrens Center
and Emory Hospitalsincluding Emory University Hospital, Crawford
Long Hospital and Wesley Woods Centernow will report directly
I am pleased and honored to be charged with primary responsibility
for moving Emory Healthcare forward as one of our nations
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 Healthcares
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