Karen Oxler will succeed Tom Beeman as president of Lancaster General Hospital on Aug. 18, in a move designed to allow Beeman to focus on the big picture at LGH parent company Lancaster General Health.
"The change enables Tom to deepen his focus on the health system’s strategic direction and health system operations, whereas Karen will be involved in the oversight of hospital operations," said LG Health spokesman John Lines.
Beeman will remain president and CEO of LG Health, and Oxler will remain the system's senior vice president of hospital operations and nurse executive, Lines said.
Oxler joined LG Health in 2012 after retiring from the United States Navy; she spent 38 years in the service, attaining the rank of rear admiral and last serving as deputy surgeon general of Navy medicine at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
In her new role, Lines said, Oxler will provide oversight of hospital operations, including management of nursing functions, hospital operations, emergency and trauma services, patient care services and patient support functions. She will also collaborate with the chief physician executive "to ensure continued clinical effectiveness with our medical and dental staff."
A native of Connecticut, Oxler graduated from Skidmore College and also holds a master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. According to LG Health, she has held a variety of leadership roles in academic, community, federal and military health care sectors.