HARTZ Search Seeks Chief Wellness Officer for Louisiana Children’s Medical Center Health

February 3, 2023 – In these unprecedented times, comprehensive well-being (mental, emotional, physical, financial, and professional) in the workplace is so important. How we support ourselves, and how we support others within our businesses – such as business partners, clients and contacts – is crucial, according to a recent report by Forbes. The good news is that companies are progressively making the care of their people a top priority. This has led to the rise of the chief well-being officer. Charlotte, NC-based HARTZ Search was recently called in by Louisiana Children’s Medical Center Health (LCMC Health) to lead its search for a chief wellness officer. The firm seeks an innovative, collaborative leader who will report directly to the chief experience officer.

The chief wellness officer is a senior executive position responsible for leading the design, direction, and implementation of a wellness program that addresses the current environment of burnout among clinicians, health professionals, and staff as well as the overall health and well-being of LCMC employees. The goal of the program is to facilitate system-wide changes that enable all LCMC employees to work in a culture that prioritizes and promotes professional fulfillment and optimizes the function of the health system.

Forging strong ties with other executives, physicians, front-line leaders, and staff, the chief wellness officer will lead efforts that foster a well-coordinated, enterprise-wide culture that supports and promotes wellness and professional fulfillment, develops and implements best practices, and identifies opportunities for contemporary approaches to analytics and change management.

HARTZ Search is seeking candidates with a minimum of five years’ experience in the management of system-wide or large corporate wellness programs. Healthcare experience is preferred, but LCMC is open to additional industry expertise. Prospects should have significant experience at a senior executive leadership level within a healthcare system. A master’s degree in business administration, public health, or healthcare administration are strongly preferred.

Related: HARTZ Search Seeks Chief Medical Officer for JPS Health Network

Louisiana Children’s Medical Center Health is a local, integrated academic healthcare leader managing some of the region’s most respected hospitals. With Children’s Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center, University Medical Center, and the New Orleans East Hospital, West Jefferson, and East Jefferson General they are stewards of a legacy that goes back more than 300 years.

Specialist Recruiters

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 and San Diego, CA.

HARTZ Search Recruits CEO for the University Medical Center New Orleans
HARTZ Search recently assisted in the recruitment of  Emily Sedgwick as the new president and CEO of the University Medical Center New Orleans, an LCMC Health hospital. “Dr. Sedgwick is an accomplished leader in academic and non-academic medical systems with employed and affiliated physicians,” said Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health, the health system that manages University Medical Center. “Dr. Sedgwick’s 20 years of experience and leadership will help University Medical Center continue to serve as a world-class academic research hospital that trains the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

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 said 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. A leader that engages all stakeholders to take ownership in the vision of the organization will be highly successful during today’s business climate.”

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

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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