Doylestown Hospital said that James Brexler will become its next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Richard A. Reif, who is retiring after 23 years in those positions.

Brexler, 60, is scheduled to take over in mid- to late-January, Doylestown Hospital said.

Brexler had been chief executive of Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tenn., for eight years before retiring suddenly last November amid a board shake-up of senior management, according to local news reports.

Brexler led Erlanger, a six-hospital, 1,035-bed regional health system, through a period of growth. He is currently working as a consultant for Vanderbilt University Hospital.    - Harold Brubaker