April 23, 2019 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown.
Following a national talent hunt, Diversified Search recently placed Brett S. McClung as the new president and CEO of Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL. He will assume the role in July, succeeding Hugh Greene, who has been with Baptist Health since 1989 and served as its CEO for the past 19 years. Martha C. Hauser, a managing director and the healthcare services practice leader at Diversified, led the assignment.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brett to our health system and our community,” said Baptist Health board chair Richard Sisisky. “We believe he is the perfect fit, not only in terms of his breadth and depth of experience but also his passion for excellence and his character. This passing of the torch is of paramount importance to our faith-based mission and culture of care. We simply couldn’t ask for a better person to build upon the incredibly rich legacy of leadership that Hugh Greene has continued over the past 30 years.’
“I want to add my own word of congratulations to Brett, who I had the opportunity to get to know during the selection process,” said Mr. Greene. “Given his impressive background and accomplishments, I am most confident in the future of Baptist Health under his leadership.”
Since 2013, Mr. McClung has served as executive vice president and chief operations leader for the North Zone of Texas Health Resources. The company is comprised of nine hospitals and more than 150 points of care, including outpatient diagnostic/surgery centers, imaging centers, sports medicine sites, primary and specialty physician practices, behavioral health and home healthcare. During his tenure at Texas Health Resources, Mr. McClung has led many transformational efforts, accelerated the adoption of best practices and achieved top rankings in patient safety and satisfaction, employee partnership and physician alignment. Under his leadership, North Zone hospitals have been listed multiple times in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work and have received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group. Prior to this role, Mr. McClung served as president of hospitals in suburban and large urban markets, vice president of ambulatory services and director/network manager of the Harris Methodist Texas Health Plan. He has been associated with Texas Health Resources and Harris Methodist since 1993.
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.
“I am so energized by the faith-based mission, community focus, outstanding patient care and clinical excellence I see at Baptist Health,” said Mr. McClung. “I look forward to continuing the positive momentum and partnering with the leadership team, medical staff, team members, board of directors and community to accomplish great things.”
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry. It has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Diversified is the U.S. partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
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; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media