Furst Group Recruits COO for Regional Health

January 20, 2016 – Executive search firm Furst Group has placed Paulette Davidson as chief operating officer of Regional Health. In this position, she will focus on clinical operations and strengthening corporate culture to benefit patient care and services. She will also oversee several key leaders within Regional Health.

Ms. Davidson, a certified medical practice executive (CMPE), comes to Regional Health from Nebraska Medicine, in Omaha, where she was system chief human capital and patient experience officer. She had previously worked as chief executive officer of Nebraska Medicine’s Bellevue Medical Center in Bellevue.

Ms. Davidson also worked at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital, where she fulfilled several senior leadership roles, including COO and vice president of hospital operations. She also worked in key leadership roles at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Midwestern Regional Medical Center, both in Zion, IL.

Based in Rapid City, SD, Regional Health is an integrated healthcare system that provides community-based healthcare in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers.


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Headquartered in Chicago, Furst Group exclusively focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sector. The firm is led by co-founders Bob Clarke, CEO, and Sherrie Barch, president.

Furst Group recently completed senior leadership search assignments at El Rio Community Health Center, the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), Primary Care Progress, University Health System, Prevea Health, and Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care.

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fieldsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that healthcare employers added 39,000 new jobs last month, with most of the increase occurring in ambulatory health care services (+23,000) and hospitals (+12,000). Job growth in healthcare averaged 40,000 per month in 2015, compared with 26,000 per month in 2014.

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

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