October 28, 2019 – Over the past year, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find chief medical officers. Recently, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, tapped Cejka Search to lead its search for a new CMO. Paul Esselman, president and managing director at Cejka, is leading the assignment.
Reporting to the CEO, the CMO has overall responsibility for the quality of patient care delivered throughout Children’s Hospital and its subsidiaries, said Cejka Executive Search. The executive works closely with other senior executive and physician leaders to plan, develop, implement and evaluate an integrated quality, safety, service infrastructure for all patient care and clinical services.
The successful candidate will be nationally recognized, with an excellent track record of leadership, academic productivity and mentorship of trainees and junior faculty within a leading pediatric organization. “An MD, DO, or equivalent degree, with post-graduate pediatric, pediatric surgical or pediatric subspecialty training are required,” the search firm said. “An advanced degree in business or health administration is preferred as well as a current board certification in a pediatrics, and/or a medical or surgical subspecialty, eligibility for an Ohio medical license and credentials for appointment at the academic rank of full professor at Ohio State University are required.
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems, providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000, providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually.
Cejka Search, based in St. Louis, has provided recruiting services exclusively to the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. Its client roster includes Georgetown University Hospital, Northwestern Memorial, Levine Cancer Institute, St. John Providence Health System, Tenet, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, Centene Corp., Cape Fear Valley Health and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.
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The firm has conducted searches for an array of roles, including chief medical information officer, chief compliance officer, chief of oncology, chief medical officer, chief of pediatrics, chief of neurology, chief nursing officer, CEO, CFO, COO, department chair, chief clinical officer, medical director and chief strategy officer.
Mr. Esselman has years of results-oriented leadership experience within healthcare, helping board members and senior executives define and secure the leadership talent organizations they need. As managing director, he provides strategic oversight and operational direction for the Cejka Executive Search team and is involved in nurturing the firm’s long-term client and talent relationships. Mr. Esselman provides client consultation for senior-level executive search engagements, with a focus on C-suite positions and assisting with organization development and succession planning strategies.
This April, Mr. Esselman was appointed president of Cejka. He had served as the firm’s senior executive vice president and managing director since 2005. “Paul is truly one of the most impressive retained search executives I have ever met,” said Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Cross Country Healthcare. “As a nationwide leader, he is very well known and respected among healthcare executives in North America, and I’m excited to have him lead Cejka Executive Search.”
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