November 30, 2020 – Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search has been enlisted to find a vice president/ chief diversity, inclusion and health equity officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) in Charleston, SC. RSFH, a joint venture between Bon Secours Mercy Health and the Medical Society of South Carolina, is a four-hospital integrated health system with over 671-licensed beds and $1 billion in net revenue and 5,000 employees.
The vice president and chief diversity, inclusion and health equity officer is responsible for working with boards, leaders, physicians, teammates, patients and the community to provide leadership in developing and implementing strategic initiatives, said HARTZ Search.
These efforts will support an organizational workforce and culture that is inclusive and respectful of the various backgrounds and cultures that are reflected in the patients and the communities RSFH serves, said the search firm. The initiatives will also embrace and leverage different perspectives, talents, knowledge and experience to accomplish Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s (RSFH) goals and objectives; support a unified strategy to advance the well-being of communities to improve health access, address the social and environmental determinants of health, advance health and healthcare equity; and oversee the various community health programs within RSFH to create coordinated and efficient care that meets the diverse needs of the community in accordance with the organization’s mission.
Engaging the Community
“This role will serve as an advisor, bridge builder, strategic leader and partner, enabling leaders across the system to identify and execute initiatives to effect lasting organizational changes,” said HARTZ Search. “This position requires a leader that is willing to engage the community and represent RSFH in key community initiatives.”
The individual will also be expected to position Roper St. Francis as a leader in diversity, inclusion and health equity as well as in providing culturally and linguistically competent care to decrease disparities in the process and outcomes of care. “At the core of the leadership tasks is improving the teammate and patient experience, which includes concepts of quality, safety and effective communication,” said HARTZ Search. “It also concerns reducing health disparities and inequities in all aspects of organizational functions including such practices as promoting patient access, teammate recruitment, employment, engagement and satisfaction.”
Candidates should have a master’s degree – MBA, MPA, MHA, or other related degree, said the search firm. At least five years diversity and inclusion leadership/other community health related experience at a senior level is also required. Healthcare-related industry experience is highly preferred.
Prospects should have the following knowledge/skills: strategic vision and executive acumen; change management expertise; political savvy; persuasive communication abilities; effective relationship building across a variety of diversity dimensions; analysis of quantitative and qualitative data with focus on information conversion and prioritized planning and execution; expertise in cultural competence and diversity/inclusion strategies; and excellent communication, presentation, coaching, training, facilitation, problem-solving and conflict-management skills.
Founded in 1829 as the first community hospital in the Carolinas, Roper St. Francis is Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare provider. The 657-bed system comprises more than 90 facilities and services in seven counties. Member hospitals include Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, each of which is accredited by the Joint Commission. The active medical staff is made up of more than 800 board certified physicians. The group includes Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, an expansive network of more than 200 physicians who offer primary care and 20 subspecialties. Roper St. Francis is routinely recognized for excellence in patient care by national organizations and agencies such as BlueCross BlueShield, the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Thomson Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, Consumer Reports and more.
Established in 2017, HARTZ Search is an executive search firm centered on the healthcare and higher education sectors. In addition to its headquarters in Charlotte, the firm has regional offices in Dallas and San Diego.
Michael 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. He has used his background in customer service, business operations and 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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media