Cejka Search Tapped by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics to Find New CFO 

May 9, 2022 – Cejka Search was recently selected to help recruit a new chief financial officer for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics. Todd Wozniak, vice president, search consultant, is leading the assignment. The healthcare organization wants its CFO to be a strategic advisor who will provide the expertise needed to support the executive committee in making operational decisions that will advance the non-profit and position it as the provider of choice in the community. Reporting to the CEO, the CFO will be responsible for the overall financial operations of the hospital, including financial planning, analysis, accounting, contracting, capital purchases, and budget processes. The CFO will lead an established team of directors and supervisors over finance, revenue cycle, materials, medical records, dietary, maintenance, and central registration.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a history of success in hospital finance, billing and reimbursement, strategic planning, and physician contracts in a rural healthcare or critical access hospital organization. Exceptional leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential to motivate internal teams. Candidates should have at least five years of progressive leadership experience in a hospital setting and a minimum of seven years in finance and accounting. A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field is required. A master’s degree in business, healthcare, or a related field is highly preferred.

Headquartered in Shelton, WA and established in 1968, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is a publicly-owned health system governed by a board of commissioners. It is comprised of a critical access hospital, a large 60,000 square foot multispecialty clinic, a rural health clinic, 100 physicians in 19 specialties, and provides high quality care to patients through its emergency medicine services, hospitalist program, wound-care center, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, rehabilitation, birth center, and telehealth services.

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. 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 life cycle 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 adverse, 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 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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