A fundamentally important new category of professionals is emerging at our nation’s hospitals and provider groups: physician and nurse executives. Why now? Primarily the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, which rewards providers for keeping patients healthy – a novel concept!
Who better to oversee this charge than proven practitioners who can bring an intimate knowledge of healthcare provisioning to the C-suite and boardroom? Physician and nurse executives can help bridge the distance between patient examination rooms and the corner offices. Their task, in a nutshell, is to bring medical staff and business leaders into alignment so that quality, goals and cost-cutting are understood and executed consistently across the organization.
To help healthcare organizations understand and identify this new breed of executive, Witt/Kieffer has developed a best practices booklet – Recruiting and Developing Physician and Nurse Executives. This guide represents a series of complementary articles on the topic, and is must-reading for healthcare executives and hiring managers looking to stay on top of this leadership trend. It’s a resource to download, read, and learn from.
Christine Mackey-Ross, managing partner, heads Witt/Kieffer’s Physician Integration & Leadership practice.