For Physician Leaders, Keeping a Strong, Healthy Clinical Staff Is Job One

A lot is being asked of physician leaders in today’s hospitals, health systems, and medical groups. On the growing list of administrative roles that physician leaders play, recruiting, mentoring and retaining an engaged and dynamic clinical staff is at or near the top.

The ability of physicians to expertly oversee other physicians is a topic that Witt/Kieffer consultant Carl Fitch encounters almost daily. In recruiting up-and-coming executives for…



Bringing Your Best as a New Board Member

Bringing Your Best as a New Board Member

Earlier this year, the Parkinson’s Foundation announced the appointment of Jena Abernathy to its board of directors. Abernathy is senior partner and managing partner/chair of Board Services for Witt/Kieffer, and has a personal connection to the Parkinson’s mission. In the interview below, she shares thoughts about joining the Parkinson’s board and offers advice on how current and future not-for-profit…



Toward a New Brand of Faculty Practice Leadership

 

Movement in healthcare and academic medicine toward improved quality and new cost structures, organizational consolidation and alignment, and clinical integration have resulted in an evolution of faculty practice plan leadership. In this Q&A, Beth Frye, MD, Witt/Kieffer Chief of Operations & Of Counsel, looks at the expanding responsibilities for group practice leaders and the resulting challenges in recruiting these physician administrators. “The leader must be able to move from strategy to implementation and have comfort working…



For Healthcare CFOs, M&A Activity Spells Change and Opportunity

The role of healthcare CFO is shifting and expanding with the growth and increased complexity of major nonprofit and investor-owned systems. One critical change is that the CFO in hospitals, health systems, and related organizations is much more of an essential right hand and strategic partner to the CEO.

In a recent feature article for Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), titled “Meet Your New Boss,” writer Jim Romeo looks at the integral role of healthcare CFO as…



Virtua Health CEO Dennis Pullin: In Leadership, Passion Tops Perfection

Like many prominent leaders in healthcare, Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, has been driven by a desire to help others, which he channels into a clear passion for his work as a chief
executive. Leaders, Pullin believes, don’t have to be perfect as long as they exhibit a genuine, unwavering commitment to peers, patients, and communities and pledge
to learn and grow. Pullin is currently president and CEO of New Jersey-based Virtua Health, a…



Executive Careers: Moving from Healthcare CFO to CEO

Healthcare CEOs and CFOs tend to lose sleep over many of the same issues: shrinking reimbursement, payer uncertainty, and moving the needle on population health, value-based care and consumer engagement and experience. Indeed, according to a recent Advisory Board survey, the primary concerns of CEOs are dominated by finance-related issues. Every healthcare organization, for example, seems eager to boost outpatient access and market share, reduce expenses, control utilization, and investigate new revenue streams.

Healthcare CFOs increasingly possess…



Phone Interviewing for Executives: Putting Your Strongest Voice Forward

By Christopher L. Neumann

Even experienced executives can stumble during a job search – especially during an initial conversation which typically occurs over the phone. This important stage of the executive recruiting process is a candidate’s first impression to a potential employer. If the employer is represented by an executive recruiting firm, it is critical to remember that the firm has been hired to represent its client. Knowing this, you should treat…



Recruiting Rural Executives: The Board’s Role, Responsibilities, and Mindset

By Beth A. Nelson and James U. King III

“Rural hospitals and health systems often face a leadership catch-22. They need strong leaders to overcome the well-documented challenges facing rural healthcare – limited resources and dwindling populations, for example – but struggle to recruit strong leaders because of these challenges.”

This is how our recent article in Trustee Magazine begins. It is never easy to recruit CEOs and other executives for rural hospitals and health systems. Trustees, we have found,…



How Healthcare Executives Can Navigate Consolidation

By Donna Padilla

Consolidation in healthcare does not seem to be slowing, which will mean continued disruption for many executives who must navigate new organizational frameworks or transition to realigned roles or even new positions. In some cases, executives are laid off or transitioned out.

Change is never easy, especially in the short term. Yet as we all know, change in the long term can be good for executive careers. It can provide new…



Survey Report: How Are Millennial Leaders Shaping Healthcare?

The millennial generation has surpassed Generation X and Baby Boomers as the largest segment of our nation’s workforce. In healthcare, millennials in their thirties are ascending to senior executive roles as well as CEO positions at independent hospitals and smaller organizations.

What does it mean for healthcare as millennials move into leadership? What do organizations need to know as they seek to recruit and retain millennial healthcare executives?

To begin to…