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…

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…

Camera Ready: How Executives Can Prepare for Video Interviews

Video interviewing is increasingly common in executive recruiting, especially in the early stages of connecting with candidates. While many executives are comfortable being on camera, they can benefit from additional preparation prior to remote interviews.

In a recent issue of Training Magazine, Witt/Kieffer senior associate Andrew Trechsel laid out best practices for video interview preparation. His advice includes the following:

Test your technology. At least an hour…

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…

Should Students Be Represented on Presidential Search Committees?

When a college or university undertakes a presidential search, a question that arises is whether to invite one or more students to sit on the search committee. There is no firm rule, yet Witt/Kieffer senior partner Dennis Barden believes it makes sense. Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Barden asserts that having students on the committee acknowledges them as essential constituents in a very important decision.

Besides, students have…

Best Practices Resource: Recruiting and Developing Physician Leaders

The following is the introduction to our newly published, complimentary best practices guidebook: “Recruiting and Developing Physician Leaders”.

The demand for physician leadership in healthcare has never been greater. Physician executives can add a strong clinical perspective to determining the strategic and operational imperatives of today’s healthcare organizations. Physician leaders bring the viewpoint of population health…

Physician Executives: A Resume Can Make the Difference

By Stephen C. Davis

I have participated in many physician CEO and physician executive recruitments recently, and quite often applicants who relied on a traditional CV to communicate their qualifications for the position didn’t come across as physician leaders. Though we receive many robust and impressive CVs detailing a candidate’s education, administrative titles, and clinical, research and teaching credentials, we aren’t always able to determine what leadership impact—to market share, operations, quality, clinical outcomes, and financials—the candidate…

“Muddling Along” Is Not an Executive Recruiting Strategy


When the Economist Intelligence Unit recently sought expertise for a white paper on challenges in healthcare executive recruiting, one of the experts it turned to was Witt/Kieffer president and CEO Andrew Chastain. As hospitals and health systems look for top talent, Chastain believes, they have to understand what will differentiate them from competing organizations. If executive candidates get the sense that an organization’s leadership team is not interested in innovating, for example, they’ll look elsewhere.


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?