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Interim Executives in Healthcare: A Strategic Imperative

Interim management is an essential strategic tool. Interim executives help organizations to maintain strong leadership during temporary transitions and lay a foundation for the future of key roles. In hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other organizations that are witnessing dramatic change, interim leaders support a talent strategy that considers the full executive life cycle. Interim leadership complements activities such as succession planning, recruiting, onboarding, training and development. Contact us to hire an interim leader.

In healthcare, an interim CEO, COO, CFO or other executive provides value in a variety of ways:

  • The interim placement buys the organization valuable time to assess its needs for an open or newly created position, within the context of broader leadership needs.
  • An interim leader brings years of experience and expertise in hospitals and healthcare, providing insight and counsel into a role's core responsibilities, requisite skills and fit within the organizational structure and future plans.
  • The temporary leader sets the table for a permanent placement, allowing the hired executive to get up to speed quickly and find greater likelihood of lasting success in the role.
  • Interim management from outside the organization avoids the need for current executive team members to fill temporary, often difficult assignments.

The Witt/Kieffer Interim Leadership practice offers the same standards of service, attentiveness and excellence that the firm has maintained for 50 years. The interim executives which we have established relationships with have extensive senior-level experience within respected healthcare delivery systems, hospitals, academic medical centers and other top health-related organizations. Pre-screened and vetted by our team, our leaders can provide support in the following areas: strategy and operations (including CEO, COO), finance, human resources, and nursing (CNO).

Throughout each engagement, we work closely and proactively with both client and interim placement to monitor progress, ensure success and satisfaction, and orchestrate a successful transition to future leadership needs.

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Brian Krehbiel, principal and leader of Witt/Kieffer’s Interim Leadership practice, brings more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience to his executive search practice. Brian focuses on identifying C-suite interim placements primarily for CEOs, COOs, CNOs, CFOs and CHROs for hospitals and health systems. Read more.

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