Community Health Systems has promoted Tim Hingtgen to president and COO, effective Sept. 1.
Hingtgen, 48, succeeds David Miller, who is retiring from the system after 20 years. He will act as a special adviser to Wayne Smith, chairman and CEO, until the end of the year, according to a news release.
Since May, Hingtgen has served as executive VP of Operations for CHS. He joined the Franklin, Tenn.-based system in 2008 as VP of operations. He was then promoted to president of Division IV Operations in January 2014, where he oversaw the operations of hospitals in western states including Alaska, California, Washington and New Mexico.
CHS operates 159 hospitals in 22 states. The publicly traded system recently announced plans to sell 12 underperforming hospitals.
The company's earnings have been in a slump. CHS' income from operations decreased to $12 million in the first quarter from $92 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue increased about 2% to $5 billion from $4.9 billion.