About Us

HARTZ Search (HS) is a service-oriented, specialty, retained search firm centered on healthcare and higher education operating from our headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, regional office in Dallas, Texas and satellite office in San Diego, California. We additionally focus on Government and State-run organizations extending from our state institution academic clients. HARTZ Search is a small and woman-owned business enterprise. All recruitment activities are performed, in-house, by our expert team without the use of subcontractors or outside firms. We are your single point of contact for a full, hands-on search process.

At HARTZ Search, we identify leadership talent to advance your strategic initiatives. We combine experience, market intelligence, intuition, and a transparent process with joy for what we do; creating a fresh approach to identifying candidates who will have a profound impact on your organization and community.

HS has the expertise, dedication and flexibility to exceed all expectations. Though a young firm, our greater than 50 years of Executive Search experience, with executive search, specifically in Healthcare and Academics, provides the top-level service and knowledge to provide your ideal candidate.

HS is committed to providing concierge service to our client and candidate partners. Our pillars of service are accessibility and responsiveness. We provide a single point of contact, 24/7 accessibility & concierge-level service.

Mission: Provide incomparable Talent, Communication & Performance in the support of
dignity and respect for all candidate & client partners.

Vision: To elevate the standard by which all Search firms are measured.

Core Values: Transparency | Service | Communication | Quality | Integrity | Promotion of

Diversity: A Balanced Workforce is a Diverse Workforce™ – HS promotes diversity through dignity and respect for everyone.

90 to 120-day Completion Rates.

92% Candidate Retention Rate (2 Years or Greater).

To support that metric and our confidence in our qualifying process we offer industry leading candidate placement guarantees: Directors – Eighteen (18) months and AVP, VP, EVP and Chief level roles – Twenty-Four (24) months.

Our company philosophy and approach to recruitment project management can be summarized by our commitment to TALENT + COMMUNICATION + PERFORMANCE:

TALENT: We stand apart in our ability to find the best people, swiftly and consistently. We connect clients and candidates with the common goal of improving the industries we serve.

COMMUNICATION: We believe transparent communication is essential toward establishing trust and integrity throughout our search process. This is accomplished while also maintaining strict confidentiality with our clients and candidates. Strong communication creates an efficient and composed search and is an indispensable ingredient for success.

PERFORMANCE: Our expertise in search management produces timely and enduring placement success. Industry leading completion times eliminate unnecessary costs and meets critical deadlines.

HARTZ Search is currently a preferred vendor for executive search with other leading Health Systems and Academic Medical Centers, nationwide including: Atrium Health, City of Hope – Cancer Research, Bon Secours Mercy Health, JPS Health Network, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas (UT Southwestern), University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health).

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Our expert team, with greater than 5 decades of Executive Search experience, has deep industry expertise to assist our clients by advising, implementing and managing strategies, and solutions that build high performing organizations. Our search consultants work in a team-based, collaborative environment leveraging their unique skills to real-time problem solving.

A boutique firm with a national reach, we have the scale to ensure your needs are comprehensively met, while possessing the flexibility to tailor our approach to your search’s unique challenges. The experts at HARTZ Search have successfully completed over 500 Executive/Director searches with premier organizations across the country.

Our expertise in Healthcare and Higher Education has allowed us the opportunity to partner with various organizations and systems including:

  • Organizations with primary service populations 50 thousand to several million
  • Corporate level placements with large healthcare systems from 2 to 90 acute-care facility organizations / Facilities with bed sizes from 25 to over 1200
  • Community hospitals, Critical access facilities and small rural hospitals
  • Multi-Specialty Group practices and independent medical practices
  • Highly competitive urban markets in areas with upwards of 10 million in population
  • Academic medical centers & university faculty placements – various institutions of higher education
  • Fortune 500 Healthcare focused Managed Services Organizations

Solutions And Expertise

HARTZ Search’s team understands the unique challenges of every client and each search – they recruit Executive Leaders that deliver on their client’s goals and provide them a competitive edge while positively impacting the organizations and communities they serve.

  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Healthcare Services
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Professional Services
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Consumer Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

HARTZ Search Seeks CEO for Roper St. Francis Healthcare in South Carolina

Charlotte, NC-based executive search firm HARTZ Search has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) in Charleston, SC. Leading the assignment are Carol Maxwell, the firm’s managing director, and Mike Hartz, president and CEO. The health system’s previous leader, Lorraine Lutton, recently took a new role as market

HARTZ Search Names Leader of Dallas Office

Charlotte, NC-based executive search firm HARTZ Search has appointed Carol Maxwell as managing director and leader of its Dallas office. The firm said that it expects her to be an invaluable asset. “We are excited to announce the addition of Carol Maxwell to our leadership team at HARTZ Search,” said Mike Hartz, president and CEO

Press Releases

HARTZ Search Places Nathaniel Sweet as Director, Talent Acquisition at Essentia Health

(Oct. 19, 2020) HARTZ Search is excited to announce the placement of Nathaniel Sweet as the Director, Talent Acquisition, at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN. Essentia Health is an integrated health system consisting of 15 hospital serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, Essentia Health combines the strengths and talents

HARTZ Search Announces the Placement of Doug Chung as the Vice President, Clinical Ancillary Services at JPS Health Network

(Sept. 12, 2020) After an extensive national search, Doug was selected to lead the clinical ancillary services for JPS Health Network, a 578-bed, national award-winning, Public Safety-Net hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The VP, Clinical Ancillary Services will be responsible for 6 Direct Reports and 600 Full-Time reports and will oversee all functional areas of

HARTZ Search Announces the Placement of Kathryn “Kitty” Sorlie as the Director, Cancer Center & Infusion Services at JPS Health Network.

(Sept. 28, 2020) After an extensive national search, Kitty was selected to lead the clinical nursing for the Cancer Center for JPS Health Network, a 578-bed, national award-winning, Public Safety-Net hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The JPS Oncology & Infusion Center is home to The Hope Team, a team of health care professionals dedicated to

HARTZ Search Announces the Placement of the Chief Nursing Officer at JPS Health Network – Dr. Dina Dent

(Aug. 24, 2020) After an extensive national search, Dr. Dent was selected to lead the day to day Nursing for JPS Health Network, a 578-bed, national award winning, Public Safety-Net hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Our sincere congratulations to Dr. Dina Dent and JPS Health Network. Dr. Dina Dent is currently the VP Nursing &

HARTZ Search Announces the Successful Hiring of Mark Wernicke as the Vice President, Managed Care Services for ThedaCare

(July 28, 2020) Mark will be responsible for promoting, supporting, and leading payer contracts across all ThedaCare service lines, advancing enterprise initiatives and integration, managing payer relationships pertaining to payer contracts, and providing leadership to department staff providing contract support and the development of an enterprise-wide analytics division. Mark Wernicke was recently the Senior Vice