October 11, 2017 – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has enlisted Chicago-based executive search firm CES Partners to lead a nationwide search to find its next CEO. Barry Cesafsky, president and CEO of the recruitment firm, is spearheading the assignment. A search committee has been established, which includes past AHIMA board members and members of the association’s community.
The committee will evaluate and interview candidates, and select a small number for consideration by the group’s board of directors. The board expects to fill the role by the end of the year. Pamela Lane, AHIMA vice president of policy and government relations, will serve as interim CEO until the search is complete.
“The board is excited to work with a new CEO to write the next chapter in AHIMA’s distinguished 89 year history at a time when both the healthcare industry and the HIM profession are experiencing rapid transformation,” said Ann Chenoweth, president of the association’s board. “We are looking forward to starting the search to find a new visionary leader.”
AHIMA represents more than 103,000 health information professionals in the U.S. and around the world. Its mission is to promote and advocate for best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contribute to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide.
CES Partners has been serving hospitals, health systems, senior services and other healthcare-related organizations since its founding in 2001. The search firm maintains relationships with two of the nation’s three largest health systems, Providence Health & Services and Catholic Health Systems.
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This is CES Partners’ latest CEO search for a healthcare-related organization. Late last year, CES Partners placed Anthony Stanowski as president and CEO of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Over the summer, the firm recruited Dr. Angela Kennedy as CEO for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Information Management Education.
Mr. Cesafsky’s executive search assignments have included CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, CNOs, CIOs, human resource executives and senior-level positions for hospitals, healthcare systems, senior services organizations and retirement communities, medical group practices, professional service firms, foundations and other large vertically-integrated healthcare organizations. He has recently recruited a chief operating officer for Providence Institute for Human Caring as well as an executive director for the Tanner Medical Foundation at Tanner Health.
“We are extremely pleased to extend our recruitment expertise to assist these commissions which help assure professional competence in the healthcare field,” said Mr. Cesafsky.
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The U.S. healthcare system has undergone dramatic reform, shifting towards a team-based care model driven by value-based reimbursements and capitated contracts for population health management. “As a result, healthcare organizations are undergoing major clinical, operational and technological transformations, causing organizations to re-evaluate the kind of business and clinical leaders they need to successfully deliver care in this new environment,” said John Gramer, president of healthcare focused recruiters Cejka. “At the same time, the U.S. is facing increasing demand for healthcare services, thanks to the aging population and surge in the newly insured, and not enough physicians to meet that demand.”
“So, healthcare organizations are looking for expanded skill-sets in one of the most resource-constrained employment markets in decades,” he said. “The result is fierce competition for top healthcare talent, and growing demand for organizational design, succession planning and search services to help define and build the healthcare leadership teams of the future.”
“We are in one of the most competitive and complex healthcare employment markets in decades,” Mr. Gramer said. “Both healthcare leaders and practicing clinicians have greater career choices than in the past. Healthcare reform has created additional opportunities for healthcare leaders to oversee care coordination, utilization management, employee health, and population health.”
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