Baptist Health South Florida, Coral Gables, Fla., named Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, 47, chief executive officer for 324-bed South Miami Hospital, Miami.
Hernandez-Lichtl, chief administrative officer and executive vice president of the five-hospital system since 2003, will take the post mid-June.
He succeeds Wayne Brackin, 48, who has been named as Baptist Healths chief operating officer and executive vice president, a newly created position, said Martha Martin, a spokeswoman for the system.
Brackins appointment is also effective mid-June. Hernandez-Lichtl yearned to return to the hospital setting to be closer to patients, physicians and our clinical staff, his first passion, said Brian Keeley, Baptist Healths president and chief executive officer, in a news release. -- by Melanie Evans