Heartlands Hospital boss Mark Goldman is to take up the reins of Good Hope Hospital to help it to ride out a management crisis.
The chief executive, who steered Heartlands to become one of Birmingham's first foundation status hospitals, is to join the struggling Sutton Coldfield hospital next month.
It is believed Mr Goldman will be on secondment to the trust until March, 2006.
The move follows a review of management options at Good Hope after its chief executive, Anne Heast, announced her departure earlier this month.
It is hoped Mr Goldman will help to draw up a proposal on how best to manage and support Good Hope, with the aim of achieving foundation status within two years.
Heartlands, which is run by the Heart of England Foundation Trust, is a top threestar rated hospital which was granted foundation status earlier this year.
If agreed, this move could mean plans for up to 200 redundancies and a 30-bed ward closure to help Good Hope break even could be replaced with other costcutting measures.