A little over two weeks after it was announced that Robert Earley would be retiring as president and CEO of JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s tax-supported hospital district and health care system has announced his successor.

Effective Jan. 1, Dr. Karen Duncan will assume the role of president and CEO, according to a Nov. 18 release.

Per the announcement, Duncan is the network’s chief operating officer. She has been with JPS Health for five years, and according to the release, she most recently helped oversee the JPS Future Plan’s implementation. She also has been responsible for transforming the community health network of medical homes and clinics, per the release.

“It is a testament to the strength of JPS that we found the right person to lead the health network into the future within our own ranks,”said Dr. Charles Webber, the chair of the JPS board of managers, in the release. “Dr. Duncan has been a steadfast champion of providing our community with the care they need and deserve, and I look forward to her leadership.”

Earley announced his retirement to staff Nov. 2, citing a desire to be present with his family and his parents. He has held the role for 13 years. According to a Nov. 2 release, during that time the JPS Health Network system has expanded and upgraded services, such as telehealth, behavioral offerings, mobile street medicine, and residency and fellowship programs.

Earlier this month, JPS Health was recognized for its patient safety and quality measures by Leapfrog Group.

In a statement, Duncan expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the health care system.

“I am both humbled and honored to serve as CEO of such a highly esteemed and accomplished healthcare system,” Duncan said. “JPS is well positioned to lead the transformation of health care delivery in Tarrant County and to improve lives within the many communities we serve. I look forward to working alongside a committed board, a strong executive and leadership team, and an amazing JPS team.”