Waverly Partners Leading CEO Search for Center for Health Affairs

April 27, 2016 – Executive search firm Waverly Partners has been retained by The Center for Health Affairs / CHAMPS Healthcare to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer.

After 14 years of service to the organization, current president and CEO, Bill Ryan, said he is stepping down at the end of the year.

“I’ve always felt it was important for an organization to regularly refresh its leadership,” said Mr. Ryan on his decision to retire. “I came to The Center with a plan to revitalize its purpose, rebuild its business offerings, and create a workplace culture that would attract the best people. My part of that work is done. It’s time for new leadership to build on that foundation and take The Center and CHAMPS to the next level of success.”

Deanna Moore, The Center’s vice president of corporate communications, said Mr. Ryan has had a succession plan in place for a while. “It’s never easy to replace someone that’s been leading an organization a long time, but Bill has been very intentional in planning for his retirement and made sure to foster talent within the organization so that there aren’t major gaps when he leaves.”


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With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. It aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region’s healthcare providers. As the business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, CHAMPS Healthcare provides business strategy solutions to healthcare facilities and has expanded to represent 4,300 clients in 50 states.

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fieldsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that healthcare employers added 37,000 new jobs in March, with most of the increase occurring in ambulatory health care services (+27,000) and hospitals (+10,000). Over the past year, healthcare employment has increased by 503,000.

Formed in 2001, Waverly Partners serves Fortune 500 service and manufacturing corporations, entrepreneurial growth companies, corporate and professional service firms, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, non-profit organizations, hospitals and healthcare systems, and colleges and universities nationwide.

The firm recently placed William Allen as CEO of Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and Midland Tomorrow. Eric Peterson, a managing director and principal in Waverly Partners’ Cleveland office, led the search. Waverly Partners also recently recruited Jason P. Smith as president and CEO of the Norman Economic Development Coalition.

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

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