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…



Healthcare Chief Experience Officers: One Goal, Different Blueprints

Give people the same challenge and they can each come up with different solutions. This is the case with an emerging executive role in healthcare, the Chief Experience Officer (CXO or, in some organizations, the Chief Patient Experience Officer). The challenge for those in the role is the enterprise’s broad mission: to provide extraordinary patient care. But with so expansive a goal and no true predecessors to learn from, CXOs find themselves – along with their organizations – developing…



Will Managed Care Leadership Need a New Mentality?

Thousands of jobs are being added to the healthcare sector each month. That’s good news for the economy and the future of healthcare, but the job influx and reasons behind it have created industry-wide challenges—or opportunities, depending on your perspective.

This is especially true in the managed care arena, says Steve Kratz, senior partner and head of Witt/Kieffer’s Managed Care practice. Writing in August’s issue of Managed Care Outlook – “How Managed Care Leaders Can Cope with Growth and…



College and University Presidents: Bring on the Revolution

Where is academia headed and what are the implications for leadership? Many people are asking these questions and perhaps the most insightful answers will come from college and university presidents themselves. With that in mind, three Witt/Kieffer executive search consultants recently held confidential, one-on-one conversations with 14 sitting college and university presidents about the future of their industry.

Reinventing-Leadership-Higher-EducationThe discussions revealed trepidation that the “business model” of higher education today has…



Leadership Transitions: Handling a Search with a “Hand-Picked” Successor

Recently, Major League Baseball formed a committee to find a successor to current commissioner Bud Selig, who has been at his post 20 years. It appears, however, that Selig already has someone he’d like to see take his place—current MLB COO Rob Manfred. Not all of the league’s owners agree with Selig’s candidate of choice.

The situation piqued the interest of our CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III in that it is reminiscent…



Reimagining the Higher Education Presidential Search

By Lucy Leske, Managing Partner, Education Practice

The traditional model of selecting a new college or university president relies upon large, inclusive campus committees which represent a virtual Noah’s Ark of students, faculty, staff, and trustees. While these committees are devoted to their institution’s success, they are often unprepared to apply serious leadership evaluation tools and validate candidate strengths and weaknesses against the organization’s needs and priorities. As such, decisions on whether or…