Cejka Search Seeks New Leader for Lake Regional Health System

January 10, 2022 – Cejka Search was recently selected to help recruit a new CEO for Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, MI. The assignment is being led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president and managing principal. Reporting to Lake Regional Health System’s board of directors, the CEO will lead the health system in strategic, operational, and financial decisions to maintain and strengthen the system’s role within a changing healthcare environment, and to continue to serve as an important contributor and resource to the immediate and surrounding communities. They will also be responsible for implementing the strategic plan to drive financial performance and service growth across the continuum to meet current and changing needs of healthcare, medical staff integration, and programs promoting excellence of quality of care and service excellence. The CEO will support the changing health care needs of the community by overseeing the development of new programs and services, including a building expansion project underway in Lebanon, MI, as well as enhancement of existing services.

Lake Regional Health System based in Osage Beach, Missouri, is an independent 121-bed Level III Trauma Center, state-designated Level II Stroke Center and Level II STEMI Center that has been serving the central Missouri communities in the Lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years. The hospital is supported by seven primary care clinics, over twenty specialty clinics, four satellite physical and cardiac rehab therapy sites, five retail pharmacies, a skilled nursing facility, and home health and hospice.

Cejka Search says that the CEO will have demonstrated experience leading a similar size organization and a track record of success in hospital and ambulatory operations and finance, partnering with physicians, and furthering the integration of health programs, services, and providers. Exceptional communication and leadership skills are essential. An advanced degree in business or health care administration is required.

Healthcare Recruiters

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

In this brand new episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ Hunt Scanlon Media host, Rob Adams, is joined by Rebecca Kapphahn, executive vice president and managing principal at Cejka Search. In this episode, Ms. Kapphahn joins the show share how healthcare organizations have been impacted by the global pandemic. Ms. Kapphahn then shares what “systemness” is and how it is affected the recruitment and search processes. Listen Now!

Mr. Madden, who joined Cejka Search last year, leads executive search services for senior healthcare executive positions. He has extensive experience leading board search committees in executive recruitment, leveraging his expertise in leadership assessment and evaluation as well as his thorough understanding of the complex issues facing healthcare leaders.

With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Madden provides expertise in healthcare recruitment for C-suite executives, physician executives, medical group practices and senior services administrators. Previously, Mr. Madden spent more than seven years with B.E. Smith serving as senior vice president of executive search. Prior to that, he was vice president of integrated healthcare strategies, a role he held for 17 years.

Mr. Madden has worked closely with boards, search committees, senior-level executives and physicians. His search engagements have included C-suite positions for large multi-site, integrated and tertiary health systems, as well as smaller community hospitals and medical group practices.

Current Demand for Healthcare Leaders

The escalation of 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.

Related: Conducting Executive Searches During a Pandemic

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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