HARTZ Search Recruits Chief Talent Acquisition Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health

September 9, 2022 – 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. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. After an extensive national search, Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has placed Eric Van Duren as chief talent acquisition officer of Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, OH. “HARTZ Search is a proud partner of Bon Secours Mercy Health,” the search firm said. “We look forward to the continued success of both Eric Van Duren, the new chief talent acquisition officer, and Bon Secours Mercy Health.”

Mr. Van Duren is a senior talent acquisition leader with more than 15 years of progressively increasing responsibilities. He joins Bon Secours Mercy Health from Spectrum Health, leading system wide talent acquisition since 2015. In his most recent role, he oversaw a centralized talent acquisition team that fills over 11,500 positions per year for an $8.3 billion enterprise comprised of 31,000 employees, 14 hospitals, 150 ambulatory service sites, more than 4,200 physicians and advanced practice providers, and Priority Health, a health plan with about 1 million members served.

In his role with Bon Secours Mercy Health, Mr. Van Duren will report directly to the senior vice president, workforce strategy officer and will lead a growing team of three direct reports and indirect staff over a seven-state region spanning two countries. He will set the direction for acquiring talent across the entire organization to fulfill the short- and long-term workforce planning and talent development goals of the ministry.

Bon Secours Mercy Health is an integrated health system with 50 hospitals, thousands of providers, over 1,200 points of care, and 60,000 associates across seven states and two countries, Bon Secours Mercy Health is one of the largest and strongest Catholic healthcare systems.

Established in 2017, HARTZ Search is an executive search firm that focuses on the healthcare and higher education sectors. In addition to its headquarters in Charlotte, the firm has regional offices in Dallas and San Diego, CA.

Mike Hartz is president and CEO of the firm. His diverse background in executive and physician search has given him unique experience in working with executives and physicians within the healthcare and higher education industries. During his 15 years in executive search, he has recruited over 200 executives and physicians nationwide. Mr. Hartz has used his background in customer service and business operations as well as his knowledge of national healthcare market trends in recruitment, practice management, and physician services to solidify his track record in recruiting for healthcare systems, facilities, and physician practices ranging in size from small rural to large medical centers.

Healthcare Sector

“I think we will continue to see additional consolidation of systems, M&A activity and hospitals looking to recover from their losses,” Mr. Hartz said. “On the positive side, I think we have seen more collaboration between systems, payors, physicians, GPOs, and competitors during this time to ensure their patients, employees and communities had testing sites available, access to PPE, working hard to reach underserved populations than in recent past. I think we will see organizations working hard to improve messaging to patients, employees, and communities and an increased interest in emergency/ disaster preparedness, multiple lines of supply chain, and increased need/ demand for analytics and ways to share the information securely.”

Mr. Hartz believes that leaders who understand and demonstrate agility in their decision making, building teams, leading change, and transparent communication during challenging times will be the clear winners. “I think a visible leader that can inspire continuous improvement, accountability, empathy, dignity, and respect for all wins,” he said. “A leader that engages all stakeholders to take ownership in the vision of the organization will be highly successful during today’s business climate.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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