October 1, 2021 – Diversified Search Group (DSG) has assisted Jacksonville, FL-based Baptist Health in the recruitment of Aaron Miri as its new chief digital and information officer. The search was led by Tony Leng, managing director in San Francisco, and Martha C. Hauser, a managing director and the healthcare services practice leader. “Aaron brings a wealth of experience in health care and information technology to our executive team,” said Michael A. Mayo, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “He has a track record of transforming care delivery for consumers, patients, and providers by collaborating with clinicians, internal stakeholders and technology partners.”
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Mr. Miri served as chief information officer for the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin (Texas). His roles prior to UT Austin include chief information officer for Imprivata, a health care IT company based in Boston, CIO for Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas, and CIP for Children’s Health System of Texas, also in Dallas.
Mr. Miri is a certified healthcare chief information officer through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, a distinguished fellow with the Health Information Management Systems Society, a distinguished fellow with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and he is a project management professional with the Project Management Institute. In 2020, the U.S. Senate appointed Mr. Miri for a second term to the Health and Human Services, federal Health IT Advisory Committee, where he serves as co-chairman.
Newly Created Role
In this newly created position, Mr. Miri will play a key role in creating the future of Baptist Health from an information technology perspective, with an emphasis on digital strategy, innovation, cybersecurity and integration of technology across the enterprise.
“Incorporating key digital strategies into the IT roadmap is about engagement and making things easier for everyone, so caregivers and patients alike can get the information they need, when, where and how they want it,” said Mr. Miri. “My goal is to humanize technology to solve problems in new ways and help to accomplish transformational strategic goals.”
Founded in 1955, Baptist Health serves families throughout the region with high-quality, comprehensive care for every stage of life. It serves the community through a growing circle of care that includes five nationally accredited hospitals (including the region’s only children’s hospital) plus more than 200 primary care and specialty physician practices, children’s specialty clinics, home healthcare, behavioral health, occupational health, pharmacies, rehabilitation services and urgent care.
Diversified Search Group is a family of recruiting firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago by Judith M. von Seldeneck for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. It is today the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry.
Diversified Search Group has been selected by Quinnipiac University to lead its search for a new chief information officer. The search firm is seeking an experienced CIO to lead the university in a broad array of technology management initiatives, including oversight of multi-faceted, multi-operational infrastructures and systems.
Mr. Leng leads both the firm’s CIO and innovation and digital transformation practices. Previously a managing partner of Hodge Partners, he has conducted C-suite-level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming and/or building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. His clients have included Axalta, CommonSpirit Health, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Esurance, Herbalife Nutrition, GI Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E; Polycom, Sutter; Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, Trive Capital and Wellmark.
Ms. Hauser joined Diversified Search in 2013. Her experience recruiting leadership in the healthcare and higher education spheres is both deep and functionally broad. During more than two decades in executive search, Ms. Hauser has recruited a vast number of key leaders for integrated delivery systems, medical groups, health systems, academic medical centers, health sciences centers, and colleges and universities.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media