HARTZ Search Recruits CHRO for LCMC Health 

June 26, 2024 – CHROs have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk-taking, and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success will have diverse skill-sets, be adaptable and agile, and gain hands-on learning from working through real life situations and acquiring knowledge across disciplines and industries. Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has assisted in the recruitment of Dawn Zell Wright as the new chief human resources officer of LCMC Health in New Orleans, LA.

“Dawn Zell Wright is a transformative leader who has played a key role in bringing together complex, growing healthcare systems through her strategic partnerships,” said Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. “Her ability to foster highly reliable organizations for patient outcomes, employee experience, and community impact makes her a perfect fit for LCMC Health. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team.”

Ms. Wright joins LCMC Health with a proven track record of aligning operations strategy with business goals, developing leaders, and driving significant, sustainable organizational improvements. Her experience includes designing, creating, building, and implementing high-functioning, consistent, centralized, agile human resources services and teams. Ms. Wright’s approach leverages best practices and standardizations to deliver best-in-class solutions, positioning organizations to create incredible employee experiences, lead the market as a best place to work, and realize sustainable growth with financial excellence, according to LCMC Health.

Ms. Wright brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles. She joined CHRISTUS Health in November 2021 as system vice president of human resources operations. Prior to that, Ms. Wright served as vice president of human resources for the Northcentral Region of Pennsylvania at UPMC and director of human resources for CommonSpirit Health’s Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division. Her HR expertise is complemented by her background as an attorney, where she received numerous accolades for her work as a litigator and defense attorney specializing in minority rights issues.

“As a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Ms. Wright is focused on removing artificial barriers and building a sustainable pipeline of diverse and inclusive healthcare leaders reflective of the communities served,” LCMC Health said. “Her legal and HR background equips her with a unique perspective, making her a valuable asset to the LCMC Health team.”

An Advocate for Employees

In her new position with LCMC Health, Ms. Wright will be an advocate for employees at the senior leadership table, the voice of the organization when interfacing with employees, a solid strategic business and tactical partner to the senior leadership team, an executive leader for the human resources team, an effective ambassador for the organization in creating the brand as the employer of choice, and an advisor and confidential sounding board to executives in the organization. Ms. Wright will report directly to Maurice Lagarde, LCMC Health’s chief operating officer.

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LCMC Health is a non-profit network of healthcare providers in Southern Louisiana, based out of New Orleans. It encompasses nine hospitals and ERs and employs 2,800 board-certified physicians & providers.

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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, NC, the firm has regional offices in Dallas, TX, and San Diego, CA. The firm’s clients include: Atrium Health, City of Hope – Cancer Research; Bon Secours Mercy Health; JPS Health Network; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas (UT Southwestern); and University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health).

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.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief and Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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