The interim boss of the east Kent hospitals trust has been appointed to the position full time.
Susan Acott has been in the role since October following the departure of Matthew Kershaw who moved on amid intense focus on his plans for the trust.
Trust Chair Professor Stephen Smith said today: “I am delighted that Susan is remaining in east Kent in this leadership role.
“Susan combines excellent knowledge of local healthcare needs with extensive NHS leadership experience, and is passionate about the role of clinical leadership and education in ensuring high quality services for patients.
“Susan has high ambitions for east Kent, and I look forward to working closely with her to lead the trust in the next stage of its journey.”
There is speculation that the medical school could be precursor to a new hospital being built in Canterbury to replace the current one, a part of which dates back to 1937.
Ms Acott came to the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust from the Dartford and Gravesham trust.
She said: “I am delighted to accept the position of chief executive at east Kent hospitals.
“It has been a privilege to meet and work with excellent and committed staff at east Kent hospitals over the past six months.
“I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with staff, patients and the communities the trust serves to provide excellent hospital services for local people.”
Ms Acott replaced Mr Kershaw, who left after less than two years and went to work for the King’s Fund, a health think tank and charity that shapes health and social care policy and practice.
Mr Kershaw became an unpopular figure largely due to his plan to limit services at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.