The Chief Population Health Officer Joins the “C” Change in Healthcare

In healthcare it’s getting pretty crowded at the top, as more and more executive positions lay claim to full-fledged C-suite membership. In the past several years, the industry has seen roles such as the CFO, CIO, and chief legal officer achieve significantly elevated status amidst a climate of economic stress, focus…



For Long-term Care Leaders, Is There Life After Consolidation?

Like healthcare in general, the long-term care world is undergoing a wave of consolidation as organizations seek to share resources, cut costs, and generally manage the effects of sweeping reform. When consolidation happens, it often creates a dilemma of who will lead. The expanded system or network must turn to a seasoned CEO and other top executives who can oversee the integration of diverse organizations and set a strategic course in an ever-shifting marketplace.

“A more perplexing issue,” says Witt/Kieffer senior associate



Rural Hospital Leadership: A Time of Guarded Optimism

Rural hospitals are being impacted—and perhaps threatened—by reform more than any other healthcare organizations. Patient bases are shrinking, the government reimbursement picture is cloudy, while geography and other factors make it difficult for rural organizations to forge strategic affiliations.

Yet small-town healthcare perseveres, led by a strong breed of executives who are determined to support communities and make a difference in patients’ lives. Many of these rural health leaders were on hand at the 27th annual AHA-sponsored

Board Diversity: Beyond the Backyard?

From Wall Street to Main Street, organizations are striving to diversify their boards of directors. The belief is that trustees should reflect and represent the varied constituents they serve.

An irony of boards’ seeking to reflect their communities is that they often have to look outside these communities to find diverse trustees—whether diverse is defined by gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or other criteria. “This just gives them a much larger pool of potential candidates,” says

Honoring Healthcare Trustees Who Honor Their Communities

Hospitals and health systems today are looking for high-powered, high-energy boards to help them deal with the seemingly unlimited challenges brought on by healthcare reform. They require healthcare trustees with exceptional talents and commitment. “Yet when it comes right down to it, healthcare is still about people and communities,” writes Charles W.B. Wardell III, Witt/Kieffer CEO, in the introductory note to this year’s Modern Healthcare Trustee of the…



Martin Luther King’s Lessons for Diversity and Leadership

Much will be written this week about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ongoing influence upon our society. In both substantial and subtle ways, King’s beliefs and actions continue to serve as a lens through which we assess and refine how we approach our everyday lives.

King’s messages of social justice and fairness—and the way he epitomized great leadership—have always resonated with our team at Witt/Kieffer. As we support clients in their efforts to recruit top leaders into their organizations, we draw…



Rural Hospitals: Looking Near, and Far, for Leaders Who Fit

These are tough times for small-town hospitals, and rural healthcare in general. Many communities, though deserving, lack the populations and resources to support top-notch healthcare facilities and services. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, American Hospital Association, National Rural Health Association, and other entities have dedicated themselves to finding meaningful solutions to the challenges facing…



The Healthcare CFO Search: Does the Perfect Candidate Exist?

Expectations for healthcare CFOs are drastically evolving and expanding. In the past, organizations looked for executives who could expertly manage the bottom line and support their organizations’ long-term financial health and stability.

Today, a typical healthcare CFO search targets an individual who, while still managerial in many respects, is much more strategic and visionary, says Anne Siders-Robinson, Witt/Kieffer senior associate. “Terms like innovative and strategic are often the leading requirements for a CFO,” Siders-Robinson…



Up & Comers: Healthcare Leaders Who Refuse to Wait

Patience may be a virtue, but it is certainly not top priority for the 12 newly honored Modern Healthcare Up & Comers. These dynamic under-40 executives have gotten to where they are by shunning patience and seizing opportunities to influence their colleagues and organizations. A few examples:

  • By age 35, New York-Presbyterian Hospital CMO Dr. Peter Fleischut established a Housestaff Quality Council that has become a widely recognized model of patient-safety initiatives.
  • As CMO of Albuquerque’s Molina…


CEO Compensation Strategies: Getting Literal about Incentives and Severance

Healthcare CEOs are used to having various incentives built into their compensation packages. Traditionally, however, these incentives related loosely to the organization’s financials, or if a measurement related to institutional quality, it tied primarily to patient satisfaction.

No longer, says Witt/Kieffer’s Andrew Chastain. Today’s healthcare executive compensation packages are about “literal outcomes,” he says. Boards use compensation strategies that involve more sophisticated short- and…