Klein Hersh Recruits President and CEO for PCCI

January 30, 2017 – Executive search firm Klein Hersh has placed Steve Miff PhD, as president and chief executive officer of PCCI. Matt Azarva, senior director of the firm’s healthcare analytic practice, led the assignment. Dr. Miff succeeds former president and CEO, Ruben Amarasingham MD, who has led the organization since its inception. Dr. Amarasingham leaves the role to dedicate his efforts on PCCI’s sister company, Pieces Technologies.

Dr. Miff brings broad industry experience, data-intensive thought leadership, and a proven track record of growth to PCCI. He is a seasoned executive and growth champion with 20-plus years of experience driving revenue through the launch of innovative products and channel partnerships across the healthcare continuum, particularly in healthcare analytics and consulting. Most recently, he was general manager and senior vice president of Sg2. Before that, he was SVP of clinical strategy, population health and performance management solutions at VHA Inc.

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“After thorough planning and a comprehensive search process, the PCCI board is pleased to have found a leader to champion PCCI’s tradition of innovation and grow its transformative work in the healthcare sector,” said Ted Shaw, chair of the PCCI board and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association.


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The CEO candidate checklist for PCCI required a robust search considering the comprehensive need for thought leadership experience within the areas of informatics, science and technology grants funding, and strong business acumen, said Mr. Azarva. “Dr. Miff is truly that needle in a haystack. He delivered impeccably on PCCI’s triple threat of CEO needs and we couldn’t be happier with the fit.”

PCCI is an advanced non-profit scientific research center and affiliate of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX. The organization develops and consults on data and clinical science programs with a goal of improving quality, efficiency, and experience of healthcare, at Parkland Health & Hospital System, and beyond. As recipient of more than $45 million in grants directed towards building collaborative community health initiatives, PCCI is developing new technologies at Parkland Health and managing chronic diseases to improve outcomes and lower costs.


More Opportunities Than Talent

To say the healthcare sector is experiencing rapid growth and sweeping change would be an understatement. To meet these challenges, healthcare companies desperately need top flight talent. In the process, they (like everyone else) are grappling with which route is best: looking to the largest search providers with the most extensive global reach or turning to specialist boutiques whose talent pipelines often pinpoint senior level candidates quickly and without restrictions ….. Here’s some further reading from Hunt Scanlon Media.

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In this interview we conducted last fall, Klein Hersh managing partner Jesse Klein discusses his entry into recruiting — and his passion for working within a sector that is helping to change lives. He also addresses the importance of life sciences and its future impact.


Klein Hersh is an executive search firm focusing solely on delivering strategic leadership placement solutions to the healthcare and life sciences industries. Specialization areas include the life sciences (biotech, pharma), healthcare (managed care, health plans), and industry services (CROs, CMOs, CSOs, software companies, consulting organizations). Last year, the firm facilitated more than 300 scientific and executive hires in the pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare industries.

Talent recruitment across the healthcare industries is highly competitive. The sector is complex, with a number of verticals and touch points, and it continues to show tremendous growth.

“We frankly see more opportunities than there is talent,” said managing partner Jesse Klein. “This was the reason that we built the customized structure within Klein Hersh, featuring functional area specialties that optimizes the extreme demand. Being at the top of our game, sitting side-by-side with key players at every level, and staying on the pulse of real-time market conditions are all critical ingredients to our recipe for mastery of the healthcare executive search industry.”

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

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