CMIOs in Healthcare: The Next Generation Makes Its Mark

By Hillary Ross

One of the most critical executive positions in healthcare is the CMIO. The CMIO role has been in place for well over a decade, long enough to evolve to the point that we are now seeing “second-generation CMIOs” making their mark on the industry.

First-generation CMIOs had significant responsibility for implementing clinical systems and being change agents in their organizations. They worked on an important…



Readers’ Choice: Witt & Wisdom’s Top 14 for 2014

There is never a dull moment in healthcare, education, the nonprofit sector, and other industries which we serve. Leaders are kept on their toes, and there are plenty of issues and best practices to write about, as evidenced by the nearly 50 Witt & Wisdom blog posts published throughout this past year. As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to share the 14 most-read items on our blog from the year. (We’ve listed them alphabetically.) Enjoy, and we…



5 Healthcare Trends for 2015 . . . and Their Implications for Leaders

By Andrew Chastain

2015Healthcare is our firm’s most mature and largest practice area, and we take pride in having our ear to the ground in the industry and having a keen intuition about what’s ahead. While there are a great many trends shaping healthcare, the five below are those that I believe will significantly impact the sector in the coming year. They’ll also greatly…



Supporting Best Practices in Executive Search

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One of our firm’s most valued partners is AESC, the Association of Executive Search Consultants. AESC serves the interests of retained executive search firms, upholds standards of recruiting excellence, and communicates the benefits of retained search to companies and organizations globally.

Witt/Kieffer is pleased to be a long-time member and supporter of AESC, and we wish to acknowledge the great work…



Developing the Next Generation of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education

While chief diversity officers in higher education are succeeding in their careers and CDO Report 2014 Coveroften moving up and out of their roles quickly, little attention has been paid to building a robust talent pipeline for the next generation of diversity professionals, according to a recent Witt/Kieffer survey of CDOs and other diversity officers.   Only 12 percent of the diversity executives surveyed said that their institution has a…



2014 Up & Comers: Healthcare Leaders Committed to Community

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Fearless, innovative, and civic-minded. These are the traits that distinguish this year’s class of Modern Healthcare Up & Comers, says Andrew Chastain in his introduction to this year’s awards coverage.

These also happen to be characteristics of millennials, Chastain notes, the…



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…



University Presidential Search: A Jesuit School Looks to a Lay Leader

Marquette University was prepared to set a historic precedent in its recent search for a new president – so much so that it even altered its bylaws beforehand in expectation it might hire lay leadership for the first time. For over a century, only Jesuit priests served in the role of university president at the Milwaukee-based Catholic school. Dennis Barden, a senior partner at Witt/Kieffer who led the recruitment, takes a close look…



The Chief Ambulatory Officer Climbs the Executive Ladder

In the healthcare industry, ambulatory care is hot. Health plans are encouraging patients to seek non-acute services, health systems are beefing up outpatient staff and offerings, while consumers themselves are more savvy shoppers in terms of where they get the most bang for their healthcare bucks.

It’s a seismic market shift, believes Witt/Kieffer consultant Jason Petros, writing on the Executive Insight website recently. “Ambulatory care can no longer be thought of…



Recruiting and Retaining Millennials: A Good Challenge to Have

There’s no shortage of negative stereotypes for Generation Y (aka millennials), from lazy to vain to entitled. But stereotypes may be a handicap to employers, not to millennials, and could prevent organizations from investing fully in a generation that is tech-savvy, educated, and socially conscious, according to Pew Research.

Witt/Kieffer consultant Michelle Lee is tuned into the strengths of millennials: “I find them to be quite engaged…