May 10, 2019 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown.
Following a national search, executive recruiting firm Acertitude recently recruited Manny Fernandez as chief executive officer of Path Medical, a provider of fully-integrated acute trauma treatment and diagnostic imaging solutions in Plantation, FL. The search was led by managing director Nate DaPore and partner Vicki Devlin.
“This was a highly targeted search that led to a great outcome,” said Mr. DaPore. “We sought a unique skill-set and found a star in Manny: an operationally-oriented leader, healthcare expert and revenue-generator. We look forward to seeing Manny and the Path team create a bright future together.”
An accomplished operations executive and healthcare industry veteran, Mr. Fernandez brings a record of leading healthcare companies through both growth and transformation, including private equity-sponsored portfolio companies. He was previously executive director of Bethesda Health, with full oversight and P&L responsibility for physician operations.
Before that, he led the carve-out, value creation playbook and exit of GeoCare from Geo Group to Correct Care, where he then became senior vice president of operations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fernandez spent 12 years first as COO and then as CEO of Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches.
Path Medical is on a growth trajectory to rehabilitate increasingly more patients back to optimal health and active lifestyles following automobile and non-work related accidents. To scale the healthcare provider successfully, Mr. Fernandez will set the strategy and put his stamp on the company in three primary areas: adding more rigor to operations, energizing the culture, and leading expansion plans into ancillary services and geographies.
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“I am thrilled to take on the CEO opportunity with Path Medical, as this life-changing company seeks to help more patients regain their wellness – and their lives – after traumatic accidents,” said Mr. Fernandez. “The team at Path is known for providing the best care possible in the market and I look forward to building on their legacy. We’ll be looking to strategically enter new markets and add new services.”
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Founded in 2015, Acertitude specializes in recruiting CEO, C-suite and executive talent in the consumer, financial, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, private equity, professional services and technology sectors. Its consultants work from offices in Boston; London; Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; Providence, RI; Raleigh, NC; Shanghai; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.
Mr. DaPore leads executive searches for boards of directors, CEOs, C-suite leaders and their direct reports in the technology, healthcare and private equity markets. He has over 20 years of experience as a private equity investor and operating partner, a software expert and entrepreneur, having founded two successful start-ups. He previously spent seven years as founder and CEO of PeopleMatter, a venture-backed workforce management SaaS company.
Ms. Devlin’s recruiting practice focuses on the private equity, technology, telecommunications and non-profit sectors. She builds relationships, working closely with companies on a growth trajectory, mid-sized private equity portfolio companies and top players in the Fortune 500. Ms. Devlin provides expertise recruiting C-suite and executive talent across sales, marketing, finance, operations and information technology. She also recruits for more granular competencies such as e-commerce, SaaS, fiber infrastructure, fintech, mobility, supply chain, cybersecurity and data analytics.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media