August 8, 2022 – Executive recruitment firm Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, has assisted in the recruitment of Thomas J. Dohm as president and chief executive officer of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers in Morris, IL. He succeeds Mark Steadham, who is retiring after serving 12 years in the organization’s top leadership position.
According to Brian Angwin, board chair at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, the board started the search last summer after Mr. Steadham announced his retirement, utilizing assistance from an executive search firm that specializes in healthcare. After an extensive review and selection process, the top three finalists each spent a full day at the hospital meeting with the search committee, board of directors, senior leadership team, and representatives from the medical staff.
“From the start, we identified that we wanted someone who was knowledgeable of healthcare industry trends, supportive of remaining an independent healthcare system, and committed to being engaged with the community,” said Mr. Angwin. “After conducting a thorough search and selection process over the last several months, it was clear that Tom Dohm was our candidate of choice. He has a strong knowledge of the organization and the community, a great understanding of the current challenges and opportunities, and he has continuously produced results throughout his tenure with Morris Hospital over the past six years.”
“Equally important, Tom has demonstrated his commitment to the community, the physicians, and the staff at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers,” said Mr. Angwin. “The board has every confidence that he can lead the organization in achieving the goals that have been established for the near and long term future of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.”
Mr. Dohm previously served as Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers’ vice president of professional services where he provided leadership and oversight for numerous ancillary and patient service departments. As a member of the senior leadership team, he was instrumental in the development of the vision, goals and initiatives that support the organization’s operational and long-term objectives and strategy.
Since joining Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers in 2015, Mr. Dohm has optimized the supply chain management, introduced LEAN management and performance improvement, hardwired a daily safety huddle in collaboration with the chief nurse executive, and executed a $63 million master facility plan that resulted in a new emergency department, women’s imaging center, and cardio diagnostics and imaging departments.
Prior to coming to Morris Hospital, Mr. Dohm was vice president of support services at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago from 2014 to 2015. His more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience also includes serving as COO at Provident Hospital of Cook County from 2011 to 2014, as well as numerous leadership roles with Oak Forest Hospital over a span of two decades.
Serving patients at 28 locations, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as physician offices in the Illinois municipalities of Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Newark, Ottawa, Seneca, and Yorkville. Through the services of over 1,700 healthcare professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides lifesaving cardiac intervention with angioplasty and stents, a radiation therapy center for cancer patients, state-of-the-art intensive care unit, sleep center, and walk-in care at four urgent care locations.
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.
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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 Providence, one of the largest health systems in the nation, in the recruitment of Ruth Krystopolski as president of Ayin Health Solutions, a population health company created to share expertise and solutions with other health systems. “We are officially setting the stage for the continuing success of Ayin Health Solutions, our population health management company and wholly owned subsidiary serving external and internal clients,” Providence said. “Ayin provides much needed services for providers, payers, government programs, and employers – especially organizations actively transitioning to value based care.”
“Ruth has the ideal skill-set to take Ayin to exciting new places,” said Rhonda Medows, Providence president of population health. “Her entire career has centered around ensuring health care is affordable and accessible to all, and she is passionately driven to bring value to the communities we serve and in engaging provider and community partners to accomplish this great task.”
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