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Rachel Polhemus

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Rachel Polhemus has vast experience as an executive recruiter as well as management consultant for leading healthcare and Fortune 500 firms. Rachel believes in working closely with each client to explore its current and future leadership needs and to identify executives who can excel within the culture of that organization and within an extremely competitive business environment. Her experience and educational background in health administration and information technology give her unique insight into the nuances of today’s healthcare leadership.

Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Rachel recruits for key senior leadership roles in healthcare and the not-for-profit sector, with particular expertise in identifying CEOs and C-suite executives in the areas of strategy, operations, nursing, and marketing, as well as for chair positions. Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Rachel was an associate vice president of a small healthcare consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia. She specialized in assisting clients to assess and understand federal regulation and to implement effective compliance strategies, including HIPAA administrative simplification and program infrastructure.

Earlier in her career, Rachel spent five years as a consultant with Accenture, a leading management consulting firm in Reston, Virginia. She developed key working relationships with clients, vendors and other project team members in creating technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. In addition, she worked as a consultant in the human resource group and provided human resource management and operations support.

Rachel speaks and writes regularly on leadership topics important to executives and devotes time to working with her network of contacts on career development.

Rachel serves on Witt/Kieffer's board of directors.

M.P.H., Administrative Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC
M.B.A., Management of Global Information Technology, American University, Washington, DC
B.S., Business Management, with emphasis on Health Administration, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY



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Rachel Polhemus
Senior Partner and Board Member
7250 Woodmont Avenue
Suite 240
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-654-5070
Fax: 301-654-1318
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