John T. Fox, CEO of Emory Healthcare, will leave Atlanta in the spring for the top job at Troy, Mich.-based Beaumont Health.
Fox will join not-for-profit Beaumont in March, after 15 years at Emory. The system's board of directors have been looking for a new CEO since June, when Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Botsford Healthcare and Dearborn, Mich.-based Oakwood Healthcare agreed to merge with Beaumont Health System to create Beaumont Health, a $3.8 billion system.
Gene Michalski will retire as Beaumont's chief after serving as CEO of the merged entity since its founding. Prior to the merger, Michalski served as CEO of Beaumont Health System since 2010, and spent much of his 44-year health career at the company in several positions, including executive VP and COO as well as senior VP and hospital director at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.
During Fox's time working with Emory, the system's main hospital treated several American healthcare workers who were infected with Ebola, as it is home to one of only four specialized bio-containment units in the U.S. He joined the company in 1999 as COO and became CEO in 2002.
Before working at Emory, Fox was executive VP of Indianapolis-based Clarian Health, now known as IU Health. Before that, he served as VP and CFO at Baltimore-based John Hopkins Hospital and worked as a healthcare consultant at Coopers and Lybrand, which later merged to create PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Fox was selected in a search led by Los Angeles-based executive search firm Korn Ferry.
Beaumont made news last year after the failure of six-month merger talks with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System. The merger would have created a $6.4 billion, 10-hospital health system.
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