Diversified Search Recruits Interfaith Medical Center CEO

November 30, 2015 – Diversified Search has recruited LaRay Brown as president and chief executive officer of the Interfaith Medical Center. She is tasked with bringing together Interfaith’s diverse constituencies and executing a strategic vision for the hospital that reflects the service needs of the community, changing market dynamics and reimbursement trends.

Neysa Dillon-Brown, managing partner in Divesified’s healthcare services practice, led the assignment. Ms. Dillon-Brown’s focus has been on partnering with hospitals and healthcare systems on talent acquisition, executive and diversity recruitment, organizational assessments and pipeline development. Clients include Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Duke University Health System, University of Maryland Medical Center, Northwestern University Hospital, American Cancer Society, Ascension Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, and Grady Health System.

Ms. Brown has been with NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital system in the nation, for the past 28 years. She currently serves as its senior vice president for corporate planning, community health and intergovernmental relations, and a corporate officer. She is a nationally recognized advocate for community health and safety-net hospitals. Her role at HHC has included strategic planning; the formulation and execution of legislative initiatives and advocacy strategies; and serving as the organization’s liaison to elected officials, government agencies and policy organizations. She has also taken the lead in expanding the public healthcare delivery system’s primary care footprint throughout New York City.

“After a comprehensive, nationwide search that included an unprecedented engagement and inclusion process with Interfaith’s stakeholders, we are delighted to have emerged from the process with an outstanding CEO who possesses the vision, drive, credibility and expertise to lead Interfaith Medical Center through the next phase of its transformation, and ensure that IMC provides the best possible care for the people it serves,” said Dr. Robert M. Waterman, chairman of Interfaith’s board of trustees and pastor of Antioch Baptist Church.

“Ms. Brown was a unanimous choice among Interfaith’s board of trustees and supported by a broad range of constituents who participated in the process. We believe she will raise the bar for quality and accountability for patient care.”

Interfaith Medical Center is a 287-bed hospital dedicated to improving community access to care on site and at numerous off-campus facilities. In addition to 24-hour emergency services, outpatient programs and long-term specialty care, Interfaith offers behavioral health services, dentistry, gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, and more consolidations in this part of the recruiting sector are expected, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media who track trends in the executive search and talent management business. “The healthcare industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding chairman. “That makes the need for proven and experienced boards and executive teams with vision more important than ever.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that healthcare employers added 45,000 new jobs last month. On average, the industry has hired nearly 40,000 new employees each month in 2015. Within the industry, employment growth continued in ambulatory healthcare services (+27,000), and in hospitals (+18,000). Over the past year, healthcare has added 495,000 jobs nationally.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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