3 Ways a CDO Can Help a Hospital Workforce

By Oliver Tomlin

We are living in a world of diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs and values. The workplace is no exception. Traditionally, it has been the job of human resources executives to maintain a safe and respectful workplace for all employees and ensure diversity and inclusion. However, it is becoming clear that executives with specialized training are more adept at improving workplace relations among different types of people,…



Why Healthcare CEOs Make Sense for Corporate Boards

By Jena Abernathy

Corporate boards are more diversified than ever. As someone who works extensively in recruiting for board leadership, I would like to offer an additional perspective on this trend – ideas that I explored in a  recent article for Directors & Boards highlighting some untapped (some may say “unlikely”) resources for corporate boards. My advice for finding a new and valuable source of for-profit board…



Make Way for the Chief Behavioral Health Officer

By James U. King, III

“Keeping a population healthy means keeping them healthy physically, mentally and, frankly, socially,” former AHA president Rich Umbdenstock has written. I think that’s a keen observation, and AHA is part of a movement to ensure better integration of physical and mental health care within communities as a means of fostering society’s overall wellness.

From the provider perspective, there is a clear connection between…



Anticipating Healthcare Executive Transitions

By Andrew Chastain

executive-succession_and_transition_in_healthcare_cover-2There’s a saying that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” These are certainly interesting times in healthcare. The changes happening today toward new models of care will impact the way that healthcare organizations define themselves and carry out their missions for decades to come.

Change is good but an…



Seismic Activity: Recruiting New Leaders for Medical Schools

Medical education is undergoing a much-needed major transformation, believes Joyce De Leo, Ph.D., a consultant in Witt/Kieffer’s Academic Medicine and Health Sciences practice who has more than 20 years of experience in academic and medical school administration. For more than a century, she notes, the standard medical school curriculum was relatively unchanged, comprising two years of lectures and two years of clinical rotations. “Change…



Employee Wellness: An Integral Part of Witt/Kieffer’s Mission

As part of living the mission of promoting the quality of life, Witt/Kieffer employees were recently challenged to support a more active lifestyle by participating in a “Walk to Rio” step challenge leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics. The original challenge, for the entire firm to walk…



What Do Search Consultants Do? (Hint: Much More Than Search)

By Mike Raddatz, Consultant

Executive search consultants spend a lot of our time on essential recruiting activities such as sourcing candidates, interviewing, vetting, and presenting candidates to clients. To borrow a phrase from a well-known insurance commercial, “It’s what we do.”

But, as with any line of work, there is always a lot more to the practice than first meets the eye. A day in the life…



Senior Care CEOs: Succession Planning Essential to Preserve Mission

By Diane Tanking and Elaina Genser

According to a recent survey by our firm, there has been remarkable stasis at the top of the senior-living industry: more than half of the chief executives we polled have been in place for 10 or more years. It’s not unusual to hear of CEOs who have served for more than two decades. This degree of strong leadership stability is enviable…



AHA 24th Annual Leadership Summit: Diverse Angles

By Meeta Gandhi

Part 2 of a two-part series; read Part 1 here.

On the second day of the AHA Annual Leadership Summit, I attended the track, “Equity of Care: Essential to Improved Quality and Lower Costs,” where Mr. Tomás Leon, President and CEO of the Institute for…



AHA 24th Annual Leadership Summit: Pat Riley on Winning and Learning

By Meeta Gandhi

As an early careerist, having the opportunity to attend the American Hospital Association’s 24th Annual Leadership Summit was nothing short of exhilarating. This was my first experience attending a healthcare conference of this magnitude. As an intern in AHA’s Institute for Diversity’s Summer Enrichment Program, it was an opportunity to network with 13 peers who had been selected to attend,…