Cejka Search Wins CEO Assignment for the Iowa Clinic

December 30, 2019 – Cejka Search has been retained by the Iowa Clinic to lead its hunt for a new CEO. The assignment is being led by Mark Madden, the recruitment firm’s executive vice president and managing principal.

The incoming CEO will be expected to provide executive leadership in establishing and executing a strategic vision in alignment with the board of directors and physician stakeholders to enhance the Iowa Clinic’s position as a well-managed, highly effective and competitive care delivery provider. The individual will be responsible for facilitating the strategic vision and will direct the implementation of all non-medical policies and procedures, including financial management, information systems, interdepartmental relationships, marketing, contractual/legal matters and resources.

“Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of developing and implementing a strategic business plan, in partnership with physician leadership, to advance the organization’s growth, operational and financial targets, payor and health system relationships while promoting a culture of high quality care and service,” said Cejka Search. “Successful candidates will have at least 10 years of progressive leadership and management experience with a minimum of five years serving in a C-suite role.”

Founded in 1994, the Iowa Clinic is a progressive independent medical group consisting of more than 250 physicians and healthcare providers, with over 40 specialties serving patients at eight locations throughout the greater Des Moines region. The Iowa Clinic is the largest physician-governed, physician run and patient focused multispecialty group in Central Iowa and is recognized for providing the highest quality, personalized care to its patients.

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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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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.

He 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.

“Mark brings a strong track record of partnering with organizations, boards and search committees to achieve successful search outcomes as well as build lasting relationships,” said Paul Esselman, senior executive vice president and managing director at Cejka, at the time of Mr. Madden’s hiring. “We are excited about the added depth his experience and expertise will bring to our already accomplished executive search team.”

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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