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

Eric Conley – Chief Executive Officer, Froedtert Hospital
Eric Conley promoted to President of Froedtert Hospital

In July of 2020, Eric Conley was named the new President of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, following a succession plan that was put into place one year ago. Having served as Chief Operating Officer there since 2018, Conley now leads the largest hospital in the state of Wisconsin, which also serves as the academic medical center for the Medical College of Wisconsin. He will also serve as an executive vice president for Froedtert Health. Conley’s tenure with Froedtert began as a result of a nationwide search conducted by WittKieffer in 2018.

Steven Fontaine – CEO, Penn Highlands Healthcare
A Cultural Transformation in Rural Pennsylvania

As CEO of Penn Highlands Healthcare, a health system in northwestern/central Pennsylvania, Steven Fontaine has successfully helped to unite four community hospitals (a fifth hospital has just joined the organization) and numerous other facilities into a thriving regional system, with better, more comprehensive care for area citizens. “In the rural communities in which we serve, these hospitals used to be arch rivals, kind of like the local high school football rivalries. It takes a while to show people the benefit of one system,” he says. Integration was encouraged by clear communication to local residents, learning from employee engagement and physician engagement surveys, the hiring of a Chief Quality and Transformation Officer, a change to a single patient record system, the celebration of successes, and more. Local residents have come to appreciate the value of a strong regional network of facilities.

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