February 24, 2013 – Healthcare-focused executive search firm Furst Group has added Jim Schmidt as a vice president in St. Louis. Mr. Schmidt has more than 25 years’ experience in executive search, principally for healthcare clients, including integrated delivery systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices and managed care organizations. He formerly served as a managing partner with both Cejka Search and Grant Cooper and Associates. “Jim is gifted in assessing the talent and leadership needs of organizations and determining which executives and solutions can help them reach and exceed their strategic goals,” said Bob Clarke, Furst Group CEO. “Accurately assessing talent and organizational cultures have long been the cornerstones of Jim’s success, especially among healthcare providers. Furst Group has a rich history in managed care as well as providers, so we are excited about combining these resources.” Founded in 1984, Furst Group is in based in Rockford, IL and has offices in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas and Seattle.