Do Values Still Matter in Recruiting Healthcare Executives?

By Donna Padilla

“Leadership selection has a greater impact on an organization than any other single activity,” wrote ethicist and theologian John “Jack” Glaser in 1989. Dr. Glaser, who passed away in 2012, was an icon in Catholic healthcare circles and in the industry in general, and his words still ring true today. As an executive search consultant (who regularly serves major faith-based healthcare systems), I may be a little biased but it is hard to…



Healthcare Recruiting: Do Military Skills Translate to Civilian Leadership?

For as long as there have been soldiers there have been veterans, and thus discussions about how best to transition service members into civilian life once their time in the military is up. The concept of transitioning is especially challenging for military officers, as they seek civilian roles that are commensurate with their level of leadership experience, skills, and knowledge.

One former officer who has transitioned quite well into the corporate realm is John McFarland, a senior associate…



Advice for Young Healthcare Leaders: CEO Gyasi Chisley (Q&A Part II)

Gyasi C. Chisley, CEO of Methodist Healthcare North and Senior VP of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, recently shared thoughts about physician integration and healthcare change with Witt & Wisdom. Below, in part two of our Q&A, we discuss how mentoring influenced Chisley’s career and the advice he gives to those he mentors or leads now.

Q: Upon winning an Up & Comer Award in…



What to Expect When You’re Expecting a New Healthcare CEO

By Andrew Chastain 

In recruiting healthcare CEOs today, there is usually serious consideration (and consternation) around the question of not just whom to hire, but what this person should do. There are so many things a healthcare CEO can do that organizations must set more realistic expectations about what she or he should do. This doesn’t mean compromising in whom to hire,…



Can Healthcare Governance Get to Great? (Yes. Here’s How.)

By Andrew Chastain, Kimberly Smith, FACHE, and James Gauss

It is easy to spot high-functioning hospital and health system boards. Their trustees are skilled, committed to their organizations, and care about making a real difference in people’s lives.

But excellence in healthcare governance is not something that we see throughout the industry and can be inconsistent from one boardroom to…



Where Will Tomorrow’s Children’s Hospital Leaders Come From?

By James U. King III and Christine Mackey-Ross

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” –Bill Gates

If there were ever a time to make serious plans for the development and transitioning of senior executives at children’s hospitals, it is now. Child health issues ranging from Medicaid reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to childhood obesity and pediatric research present major challenges….



7 Best Practices for Telling Your Boss about a Job Search

Should you be transparent with your boss about a job search or play it safe by keeping it confidential until the offer is in writing? It is tricky, says David Boggs, practice leader of WK Advisors, a division of Witt/Kieffer which is focused on identifying and recruiting mid- and professional-level executives. “Telling the truth can have real consequences,” he explains. “But staying…



Rural Healthcare Leadership: What’s Ahead for Independent Hospitals?

AHA Rural Healthcare Conference

Rural and independent hospitals have some distinct issues compared to other healthcare providers in the U.S. And with more distance between the geographic areas these leaders serve, it can be harder to have face-to-face conversations about tackling them.  That’s why forums like the AHA Rural Healthcare Conference are so valuable to the rural healthcare community. Witt/Kieffer consultant Beth Nelson…



Defying Disruption: How to Recruit During Reorganization

“There is a school of thought in healthcare recruiting that organizations in flux should delay major hires until the dust settles and stability returns,” write Witt/Kieffer consultants Bonnie Siegel and Paul Bohne in a recent article in Healthcare Informatics. This approach needs rethinking, the two argue with conviction. Of course, there are exceptions…