Why Doctors Make Good Healthcare CEOs

Healthcare is looking for more CEOs who are physicians. A pertinent question, therefore, is whether physicians generally make good CEOs. And if so, what are the considerations around hiring a doctor to lead the entire organization? In the Q&A below, senior partner Kimberly Smith, FACHE, considers the issues.

There are more physician CEOs today than in years past. Are they generally successful or do results vary significantly from one to another? What factors are at play?

Smith:



Physicians in the C-Suite: Demand Continues to Outpace Supply

 

The growing number of clinicians making their way to the C-Suite — to Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, and other roles — has been noted many times here on the Witt & Wisdom blog. (See, for example, “Health System Leadership: Seeking Physician Executives with Business Acumen.”) This trend is not slowing down and was the focus of the cover story of Health Leaders Magazine’s May issue. Kudos to that publication for a lengthy, well-researched,…



New Medical Schools Require Visionaries and Risk-Takers as Leaders

By Jeffrey Schroetlin

An increasing number of health systems are partnering with or launching their own medical schools. They are doing so to keep up with a demand for physicians brought about by the retirement of baby boomer doctors as well as increasing populations and greater need for healthcare in general. Healthcare systems see their own medical schools as an opportunity to address this need for physicians at a local level and even to build their own prestige and reputations…



Health System Leadership: Seeking Physician Executives with Business Acumen

 

By Linda Komnick

As health systems strive to improve outcomes and reduce costs amid the shift toward value-based care, more senior leadership positions are being filled by clinicians-turned-executives. Healthcare organizations are looking for physician leaders who understand the full continuum of care, how to optimize resources, and how to manage risk. Clinician leaders are seen as the catalyst to guide the transformation from volume to value.

My…



Survey: The Healthcare CNIO Role Gains Respect

By Chris Wierz, Co-Leader, IT Practice

We at Witt/Kieffer have been tracking the role of the chief nursing informatics officer as it has risen to prominence over the past decade. Our industry wide survey in 2011 painted a picture of a position that was just gaining traction, and respect, in hospitals and health systems. The CNIO was increasingly viewed as a critical role in promoting nursing strategy…



From Military to Civilian: Healthcare Executives Describe Challenges

“I’m not sure many leaders understand the wonderful perspective, experiences and leadership qualities that veterans bring to an organization.”

Veterans ThumbThe comment above comes from a new Witt/Kieffer report, “Answering the Call: Veterans as Civilian Healthcare Leaders.” The report draws insights from a Witt/Kieffer survey of veterans currently in civilian healthcare leadership positions. What makes the report a compelling read is the thoughtfulness of the comments from respondents and their…



Healthcare Executive Recruiting: Myths about the Hire-ability of Military Medical Officers

By Kimberly Smith, FACHE, Senior Partner

For military officers, the decision as to when to transition into civilian life is tough to say the least. Family, logistics, raw emotion, and trepidation about the unknown come into play. If you’ve been a soldier for 10, 20, or even 30 years, it’s hard to leave the ranks.

But most officers, at some point, exit the services for civilian roles — they want something different for themselves or their families, or have reached a…



Recruiting Physician Executives: A Best Practices Guide

By Christine Mackey-Ross

Recruiting Physician ExecutivesA 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…



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…