September 8, 2022 – Cejka Search was recently selected to help recruit a new chief executive officer for Oncology Practice Solutions (OPS). Todd Wozniak, vice president, search consultant, is leading the assignment.
The CEO will be expected to position OPS for rapid growth and expansion on a national scale while support both OPS and Southeast Radiation Oncology Group’s (SERO) operational and financial goals. The CEO will provide executive leadership in establishing a strategic vision to ensure both entities maintain a competitive position in a changing healthcare marketplace. Reporting to the president of the board, the CEO will drive business development and revenue growth strategies for OPS while supporting the business operations and practices for SERO.
The CEO must also collaborate with the four physician managers of OPS to plan and implement initiatives to build organizational strength while adapting to clinical, economic, technological, and regulatory changes. The CEO will be charged with achieving the highest levels of business development, profitability, growth, and operational excellence while fostering a culture of patient-centric care and maintaining the highest levels of patient, physician, and customer satisfaction.
According to Cejka Search, successful candidates must demonstrate a track record of progressive leadership within an independent physician practice setting, with strong experience in strategic planning, business development, and contract negotiations. Experience in start-ups, MSOs, or IPAs is preferred, as is an extensive understanding of healthcare and the ability to direct change, while being flexible to meeting the needs of many are essential. A master’s degree in healthcare administration or business is required; experience in radiation or other cancer related specialty is a bonus, but not mandatory.
Created in 2021 by Southeast Radiation Oncology Group, Oncology Practice Solutions is a practice management partner that utilizes over 40 years of experience to provide group practice services and solutions to other oncology practices with SERO being its largest client. OPS supports its oncology-based clients with revenue cycle, practice support, and 3rd party services
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 School of Medicine in St. Louis, Centene Corp., Cape Fear Valley Health, and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.
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.
How “Systemness” Has Impacted the Search Process
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Mr. Wozniak provides strategic management of complex executive search recruitments. Taking a collaborative approach with both internal search team members and client stakeholders, he plans and facilitates the implementation of full lifecycle recruitment processes, providing guidance and counsel to both clients and candidates throughout. He works closely with clients from the first steps of the search engagement to identify organizational needs and priorities, developing highly personalized recruitment strategies. Serving clients in rural healthcare, hospitals and health systems, medical groups, and more, Mr. Wozniak has placed top-level operational, financial, and clinical leaders nationwide.
“The biggest challenge we are facing, from the candidate side, relates to willingness or ability to relocate for a role, said Mr. Wozniak, in a recent interview with Hunt Scanlon Media. “While the industry is gradually returning to something closer to normal operations, we are finding the instability that came with the pandemic has made candidates more risk averse, as they are reluctant to uproot families because they are starting to see some semblance of normalcy in their family lives and communities,” he said. “In addition, the ability to work remotely and becoming accustomed to that environment has impacted candidates’ willingness to relocate to a work in an office setting. Many candidates, depending on the level of position are inquiring about working remotely.”
Current Demand for Healthcare Leaders
The COVID-19 crisis has required recruiters to be both more responsive to and more sensitive of the needs of clients and the obligations to candidates. “At Cejka Search, our executive search teams quickly shifted gears to focus on balancing the importance of keeping the recruitment process for critical leadership roles moving forward, while helping our clients manage their calendars and communications, and fill in the gaps where client team members just don’t have the bandwidth during this challenging time,” Paul Esselman, president of Cejka Search, said in recent issue of Executive Search Review.
“While the world has changed, the demand for healthcare leaders remains high,” said Mr. Madden. “The focus now is on assessing leaders as they’ve responded to the historic changes in the industry, and seeking leaders that have proven themselves able to successfully lead their organizations through the immense challenges of the pandemic as well as other changes in the industry.”
“Additionally, leaders with an understanding of both the technology behind and the application of telehealth moving forward are at an advantage as telehealth services become more prominent in the industry,” Mr. Madden said.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media