August 17, 2018 – Following a national search, Rocky River, OH-headquartered executive search firm Global Healthcare Services (GHS) has recruited Robert Ward as the new CEO of Weatherford Rehabilitation Hospital.
Senior recruiter Tom Cavalli led the assignment.
Weatherford Rehabilitation Hospital, based in Weatherford, TX, specializes in the care of complex medical and rehabilitative patients who have suffered a stroke, spinal cord injury, major multiple trauma, amputation, brain injury or neurological disorder.
Mr. Ward brings a wealth of experience in healthcare senior leadership. For the last five years, he has been CEO of Select Rehabilitation Hospital in San Antonio, TX. Before that, he was CEO of Reliant Austin Rehabilitation Hospital. He holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
“I have a passion for serving others and leading a team that delivers exceptional patient care in the community that I live,” said Mr. Ward. “I look forward to developing strong relationships with the community, medical staff and hospital staff. Living in the Weatherford area will be a positive and new experience.”
Mr. Ward said he expects that his sector will see an increased focus on quality outcomes along all areas of the continuum of care. He also believes that the industry will experience increased activity in mergers and acquisitions along with new partnerships such as insurance companies, healthcare providers and physicians coming together to form new comprehensive care models and products.
He added that he was much impressed by GHS Recruiting’s efforts in the recruitment process: “I appreciated the timely follow-ups, straight talk and support,” he said. “They did a great job.”
GHS has focused on the healthcare industry since 1998. The firm recruits nationally for all hospital- and healthcare-related positions from staff level through the C-Suite. Its specialties include: nursing leadership, imaging/allied health leadership, IT, health information management, pharmacy, facilities & materials management, imaging and nurse staff, and the C-suite (CEO, COO, CFO and CNO roles). GHS also offers a full complement of options for clients, including retained and contingent searches, interim and contract placement, as well as career outplacement services and career coaching.
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Global Healthcare Services recently detected a disturbing trend within the sector it serves: Hospitals were struggling with employee retention, from staff to leadership roles, with the C-suite’s annual turnover as high as 20 percent in recent years.
Mr. Cavalli, who joined GHS in 2003, has completed nearly 300 search assignments. He specializes in retained searches, and has earned a strong reputation in the industry, working mainly with small, rural hospitals throughout the country.
Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. A number of healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders in recent months. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Following a national search, executive recruitment firm Wheless Partners placed Robert Pastor as the new CEO of Rainy Lake Medical Center, a level 4 trauma center and community health organization in International Falls, MN. Mr. Pastor was previously at Southwest Health in Platteville, WI, where he served as chief clinical officer.
Cejka Executive Search recruited current Swift County Benson Health Services leader Kurt Waldbillig as the new CEO for Meeker Memorial Hospital & Clinics in Litchfield, MN. “After an exhaustive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to lead this strong, independent and financially successful organization into the future.”
B.E. Smith recently placed Bob Sutton as CEO of Avera Health, a faith-based health system out of Sioux Falls, SD. “We narrowed the field down to several outstanding candidates, from both inside and outside of Avera,” said Mary Kay Panowicz, Avera System members chair and chair of the CEO search committee.
Howard Fischer Associates placed Nassar Nizami as chief information officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “At a time of immense change in healthcare, we’re delighted to welcome Nassar as a leader for Jefferson’s focus on innovation, technology, and informational science,” said Stephen K. Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson.
Dallas-based executive search firm Southerland Partners placed Gerard J. Colman as CEO of Baptist Healthcare System Inc. in Louisville, KY. Keith Southerland, the search firm’s managing partner, led the assignment. Southerland Partners specializes in recruitment for complex integrated delivery systems, academic medical centers, children’s hospitals and payer organizations.
Phillips, DiPisa & Associates, an executive search firm serving the healthcare sector, has placed Matthew Cox as the senior vice president and CFO of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. Partner Michael Corey led the assignment. Mr. Cox will lead the finance team and assume financial responsibilities for Spectrum Health and its subsidiaries.
Furst Group recruited Michael McHale as the new president and CEO of TRU Community Care in Boulder, CO. Headquartered in Chicago, Furst Group focuses exclusively on the healthcare and life sciences sector. The firm is led by co-founders Bob Clarke, CEO, and Sherrie Barch, president.
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