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…



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…



Integrating “Physician Champions” in Healthcare: A Q&A with CEO Gyasi Chisley (Part I)

Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this post, Gyasi Chisley has taken a position with United Healthcare.

Gyasi C. Chisley, the 38-year-old CEO of Methodist Healthcare North in Memphis and Senior VP of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, has been a rising leader in the industry since he started out as a “hospital environmental services technician” (essentially a janitor) at the age of 17. In 2014, he was…



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…



In Future Talent Wars, It’s Survival of the Fittest

For anyone involved in recruiting and talent management—or anyone concerned about his or her long-term career viability and talent development for that matter—it’s helpful from time to time to step back and consider the global forces that are shaping our labor markets in the U.S and abroad. Do they favor you? Your organization?

In many of the industries and market niches that Witt/Kieffer serves, executives who make a difference with sophisticated skill sets are near-impossible to find. We’ve written about…



The Growth and Challenges of Today’s Healthcare Chief Quality Officer

Guest post by Michael R. Raddatz, Jr., Associate

The American Medical Group Association recently formalized its definition of a high-performing health system, and one of the six benchmark elements that AMGA cites is “quality measurement and improvement activities.” These activities include preventive care and chronic disease management, ongoing patient outreach programs, continuous learning, applied data analytics, transparent reporting, and more. Successfully done, they allow…



Becoming a Physician Executive: Suggestions for Taking the Natural Next Step

Guest post by Jason Petros, Associate, Witt/Kieffer

Within healthcare, the demand for physician leaders continues to trend upward. Physician executive jobs are plentiful, and yet despite this high demand there is a small pool of physician leaders with the experience and skills required to succeed in various executive positions. A vacuum waits to be filled by doctors who can develop the appropriate characteristics and resume to thrive in this environment.

The good news is that the leap that physicians must take…



Trends in Healthcare: Building Leadership Competencies to Create Strong Hospitalist Programs

Guest Post By Linda Komnick and Jason Petros

Recent economic, legislative, and societal pressures are making the need for high-quality, cost-effective medical care management increasingly critical. And nowhere are the stakes higher than in our nation’s hospitals. With an inpatient population requiring more intensive care—and the associated costs of providing it soaring—hospitals are compelled to grow the leadership competencies of their physicians and create internal hospitalist programs that meet the needs of patients, staff, and payors alike.

Who are hospitalists?
Hospitalists come…