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Cejka Executive Search partners with healthcare organizations across the nation to deliver health care executive search solutions, placing the highest caliber of talented C-level executives, physician leaders and administrative leaders in the full spectrum of health care settings, including:

Established more than 35 years ago, Cejka Executive Search now ranks among the top five largest health care executive search firms in the country, according to Modern Healthcare. The firm has a national reputation for placing C-Suite executives with America’s top health care organizations, while maintaining the flexibility and high-touch service to meet the unique needs of each client.

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Cejka Executive Search is comprised of a suite of professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences in health care executive recruitment.

The firm’s skilled and experienced team includes former executives of healthcare organizations, and each member provides an exclusive and highly personalized level of service and advice.

Together, they have the collaborative expertise to draw candidates from all sectors of the healthcare industry, and they consistently receive excellent ratings for their responsiveness, knowledge base and top-notch candidate identification.

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Established more than 35 years ago, Cejka Executive Search now ranks among the top five largest health care executive search firms in the country, according to Modern Healthcare. The firm has a national reputation for placing C-Suite executives with America’s top health care organizations, while maintaining the flexibility and high-touch service to meet the unique needs of each client.

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Cejka Executive Search Recruits CEO for KidsPeace

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. After an extensive nationwide hunt, Cejka Executive Search recently assisted in the search

10 Benefits of Retaining an Executive Search Firm

Organizations typically use an executive search firm when a top job opening is important enough, senior enough and when discretion is at a premium. These three factors warrant the investment of bringing in a search firm. Executive search firms are in the business of finding high impact thought leaders who share the same principles, goals,

Cejka Executive Search Recruits CEO for St. Luke’s Healthcare System

After an extensive nationwide hunt, Cejka Executive Search has placed Kevin Nokels as president and CEO of the St. Luke’s Healthcare System in Duluth, MN. The search was led by Mark Madden, executive vice president and managing principal, and Rebecca Kapphahn, vice president and search consultant. Mr. Nokels currently serves as president of CHI Health Creighton University Medical

Cejka Executive Search Names President

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments in the past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Cejka Executive Search named Paul Esselman as president. Mr. Esselman, who has served as the firm’s senior executive vice president and managing director since 2005, has more than 20 years of

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St. Luke’s Names Kevin Nokels, MBA, FACHE, New President & CEO

JUNE, 11, 2019 – St. Luke’s Board of Directors has named Kevin Nokels (Nuk-culls), MBA, FACHE, as the health care system’s new president and chief executive officer. Nokels currently serves as President of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy in Omaha, Nebraska. A native of Long Prairie, Minnesota, he succeeds John Strange

Madden Joins Cejka Executive Search as Executive Vice President, Managing Principal

ST. LOUIS, MO, April 10, 2018 – Cejka Executive Search, ranked on Forbes list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms, is pleased to announce that Mark Madden has joined the firm as Executive Vice President, Managing Principal to lead executive search services for senior healthcare executive positions. Mr. Madden has extensive experience leading board search committees in executive recruitments,

Uncertainty Fuels Demand for Agile and Effective Healthcare Leaders

February 28, 2018 – A conversation with Rachael Burns, Vice President, Search Consultant The uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and insurance carriers’ coverage practices, has led to a burgeoning increase in demand for demonstrated leadership to help navigate the evolving healthcare landscape. We asked healthcare executive search insider Rachael Burns for advice

Alan D. Johns Joins Cejka Executive Search As Executive Vice President, Managing Principal

ST. LOUIS, MO, December 14, 2017 – Cejka Executive Search, ranked on Forbes list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms, is pleased to announce that Alan D. Johns has joined the firm as Executive Vice President, Managing Principal to lead the firm’s Academic Medicine and Health Sciences Practice. Johns brings three decades of experience in

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Uncertainty Fuels Demand for Agile Healthcare Leaders
The uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and insurance carriers’ coverage practices, has led to a burgeoning increase in demand for demonstrated leadership to help navigate the evolving healthcare landscape.