Estes Park Health Taps B.E. Smith to Find CEO

October 1, 2019 – As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts, and whatever changes are coming. This has produced a high demand for top-notch leaders in the sector – and executive recruiters who can land them.

B.E. Smith, a healthcare-focused executive search firm, has been selected to find the next chief executive officer for Estes Park Health, a medical center in Estes Park, CO. Mick Ruel, vice president of executive search, is leading the assignment.

B. E. Smith was selected after a search that started with a list of 38 national healthcare executive search firms. The list was reduced to 11 based on recommendations from multiple sources and reviews of their online information. Of those, seven were asked to submit proposals for the CEO search, and reviews of the proposals resulted in three finalist search firms. The finalists, in turn, were asked to respond to 23 questions and were interviewed.

The next step will be an onsite visit by the B. E. Smith team to understand the current Estes Park Health culture and the required CEO attributes, said the medical center. The recruiters will meet with the search committee, physicians, the board, Estes Park Health management groups, key stakeholders in the community, and have an open forum with all staff for their input.

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Estes Park Health, founded in 1975 as the Elizabeth Knutsson Memorial Hospital, sees over 18,000 patients each year for both outpatient and inpatient services. Its facilities include a 23-bed critical access acute care hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, emergency medical services/ambulance services, a level IV trauma center, physician clinic, medical and surgical services, home health, hospice care and a 52-bed skilled nursing facility.


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Founded in 1978, Lenexa, KS-based B.E. Smith is a full-service healthcare interim leadership placement and executive search firm. For nearly a decade, the organization has been recognized annually by Modern Healthcare as one of the top search firms in its sector. The firm places interim leaders and executives across all healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, academic medical and children’s hospitals, physician practices and post-acute care providers.

Among its recent searches B.E. Smith has helped to place the president and CEO for the Washington Permanente Medical Group, CEO for Rochelle (IL) Community Hospital and group chief financial officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health.

Mr. Ruel is vice president of senior executive search. He is the practice leader in rural and critical access hospital executive search. Mr. Ruel, who joined the firm in 2012, previously managed a national executive search practice with a human resource consulting firm exclusive to the healthcare industry.

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

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