April 7, 2021 – Executive recruitment firm Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, has placed Richard E. Russell as the new president and chief executive officer of Hospice of Northwest Ohio, which is based in Perrysburg, OH. He succeeds Judy Seibenick, who recently retired after 40 years with the agency, 20 of them in the top leadership position.
The Furst Group conducted a nationwide search. The chosen candidate, Mr. Russell, has 30 years of healthcare experience spanning nursing and administration, and has served in multiple leadership capacities covering three major environments of provider care settings, including academic, acute, and post-acute/end-of-life care. Mr. Russell has been involved with hospice and home health for the past 16 years, where he led operations, both clinical and administrative, as well as compliance and financials, said Furst Group. Most recently he served as vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer for post-acute services as well as general manager of the Midwest division at ProMedica Health System.
A Powerful Legacy
“I have been a nurse for more than 30 years, and have developed a passion for hospice and palliative care,” Mr. Russell said. “To be able to provide care and support for families at a time when it is needed most is a privilege, and I am honored to be able to work with the team at Hospice of Northwest Ohio to continue its powerful legacy in the community.”
Ms. Seibenick was with Hospice of Northwest Ohio – a non-profit agency and first Medicare certified hospice in Ohio – since its inception in 1981. One of its three original nurses, she paved the way for this little-known agency and form of care, ultimately becoming executive director in 2000. (The title changed to president/CEO in 2019).
Hospice of Northwest Ohio has grown from serving a handful of patients with a staff of five, to caring for more than 400 patients a day with a staff of 400, plus 165 volunteers. Most of the growth occurred under Ms. Seibenick’s leadership and has been carefully managed to preserve the agency’s compassionate culture and commitment to highest quality care. The organization also has offices in Toledo, OH and Lambertville, MI.
Furst Group, which is headquartered in Rockford, IL, partners with many of the premier healthcare organizations in the world, from providers and payers to life-science companies and private equity/venture capital firms. While Furst Group’s roots are in managed care, the firm continues to be one of the nation’s leading executive search partners to health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, post-acute and hospice and palliative care facilities. Its work with insurers stretches back to the HMO era, yet the firm also teams with life-science, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Furst Group also has offices in Phoenix, AZ; Radnor, PA; San Francisco; Brentwood, TN; Chicago; Irving, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.
Furst Group Recruits CFO for Baystate Health
Furst Group assisted Baystate Health in Springfield, MA, in the hiring of Raymond McCarthy as treasurer and CFO. Mr. McCarthy has served as interim CFO since March. “Ray has worked tirelessly and skillfully to keep our health system financially stable during the pandemic and the accompanying recession, ensuring that Baystate Health got its fair share of state and federal relief dollars and deployed its resources flexibly and effectively,” said Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health.
Earlier this year, Furst Group assisted City of Hope in the placement of Angela L. Talton as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. She will provide leadership for the biomedical research and treatment center’s holistic and integrated efforts to continue its efforts to build a diverse and inclusive culture at all levels of the enterprise. “At City of Hope, we are committed to deepening our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion both in the workplace and through our continued efforts to bridge gaps in cancer research, access, treatment and outcomes in diverse populations across our country,” said Debra Fields, executive vice president and chief transformation officer at City of Hope. “Angela is an accomplished, proven leader who will help further our vision.”
Ms. Talton has expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion encompasses leadership development, recruitment and retention of talent, communication strategy, philanthropic giving, supplier diversity and analytics. Most recently, she advised national clients through her firm, ALTalton Consulting. Prior to that, she served in senior executive roles at industry leader Nielsen for nearly 12 years, including chief diversity officer, senior vice president of global diversity and inclusion, and SVP of global call center operations.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media