Healthcare Presidents/CEO

Exceptional Process Leading to an Exceptional Fit

At the crossroads of society, policy and economics, today’s healthcare CEOs and presidents are shaping the systems of the future. More than ever before, the nation’s healthcare ecosystem is in constant flux, with changing demographics and consumer needs, growing imperatives for innovation and leadership that consistently and authentically demonstrates meaningful ways of engaging stakeholders. Strong leadership requires a revitalized commitment to align interests and advance models that deliver the highest value of service, inside and outside of traditional care settings. CEOs and presidents at organizations spanning the entire healthcare continuum face new challenges and opportunities that were largely unforeseen by their predecessors, compounding the demand for visionary, collaborative, transformational leadership.

A trusted CEO search partner, WittKieffer has spent 50 years identifying exceptional leaders for health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, physician groups, managed care plans, clinically integrated networks, associations, professional societies and other healthcare organizations. In partnering with boards and search committees, we bring unparalleled expertise to ensure a thorough, objective search process, including best practices in due diligence, and a deep, well-orchestrated discovery phase to focus on the competencies that truly matter most in a leader.

Success Story

Ken Bateman – President and CEO, SoutheastHEALTH
Paving a Future Path at SoutheastHEALTH

SoutheastHEALTH of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was struggling financially when it hired Ken Bateman as President and CEO in 2014. Bateman acknowledged the challenges and made it a point to be very open and transparent with the organization as he worked with colleagues to get the health system on stronger footing. Today, SoutheastHEALTH has significantly improved its bond ratings, continues to expand its clinical and emergency care facilities, and has hired new physicians and made significant investments in cardiac, spinal, cancer and other areas of care. Part of the success story at SoutheastHEALTH relates to new leadership hires in addition to CEO. Working with WittKieffer, the organization hired CFO Steve Haas in 2016, COO Maria Sudak (an R.N.) in 2018, and Chief Medical Officer Matt Janzow, MD, in 2019. Collectively, SoutheastHEALTH’s leadership is paving a path to long-term success for the benefit of the community and region.

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