FaithSearch Recruits Chief Nursing Officer for Texas Medical Center

May 4, 2016 – FaithSearch Partners has placed Elsie Graves as chief nursing officer of Central Texas Medical Center. Senior vice presidents Jim Boyle and Ivan Bartolome led the assignment. As chief nursing officer, Ms. Graves will be responsible for overseeing all nursing care, and some ancillary services, provided at the medical center’s facilities. She will be tasked in particular with leading quality and patient satisfaction scores to higher levels.

“Elsie is an exceptional candidate having an extensive background in nursing leadership and a strong emphasis on clinical performance, patient satisfaction and productivity,” said Mr. Boyle. “With her expertise, she will help lead Central Texas Medical Center to achieve its goals of continually improving patient experience and optimizing patient outcomes.”

Ms. Graves most recently served as chief nursing officer at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Westover Hills in San Antonio. Before that, she served as client support services manager for South Texas Spine and Surgical Hospital.

Central Texas Medical Center, located about 30 minutes south of Austin, is a 170-bed hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services for the city of San Marcos and neighboring communities. The medical center is part of Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest Protestant healthcare system in the U.S.


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“Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the chief nursing officer has traditionally been the most difficult to secure,” said Ed Fry, president of FaithSearch Partners. “I believe this is the result of a multi-generational demand-supply curve imbalance.” More recently, he said, the demand for strategic, financially astute leaders with deep clinical management experience has continued to outweigh the supply.

“Though our firm isn’t a ‘CNO search firm” per se, we’ve managed more CNO searches than any other C-suite role over the years simply due to client demand,” said Mr. Fry.

FaithSearch Partners has filled CNO roles for Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Florida Hospital Waterman Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD, Providence Health Network in Waco, TX, and Hackettstown (NJ) Community Hospital.

From small independent hospitals to large academic medical centers to integrated healthcare systems, FaithSearch Partners serves the complete spectrum of faith-based healthcare entities, as well as other providers who value leadership with strong values. It is a small, but important and growing niche — some of the clients the firm has partnered with include Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Baylor University Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Ascension / Providence Health Network, Adventist HealthCare and Covenant Health System.

Recently, FaithSearch Partners placed the chief operations officer at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas as well as the president for the Central Valley Health Foundation (CVHF).

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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