HealthSearch Partners Chosen to Find CEO for Holy Cross Hospital in Florida

December 16, 2019 – Dallas, TX-based HealthSearch Partners has been enlisted to find the next president and chief executive officer of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The assignment is being led by Ivan Bartolome, senior vice president, and Laura Conley, chief operating officer.

Patrick A. Taylor stepped down this fall after nine years in the top role. Dr. Taylor joined Holy Cross Hospital in 1988 as an emergency medicine physician and served in multiple positions of increasing responsibility over the years.

“Holy Cross Hospital is an outstanding organization that provides critical health care services to residents in Broward County,” said Mr. Bartolome. “Their physicians are passionate about providing exceptional care. The new CEO will be an experienced hospital executive who can thrive working within a system and has passion for delivering patient centered, mission-driven quality care in this ministry.”

The next CEO must have a strong background in hospital operations, strategic planning, healthcare finance, physician collaboration and demonstrated successful experience working within a regional or national health system, said HealthSearch Partners.

Vast Experience

Holy Cross Hospital is a 557-bed hospital that is home to the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center, the Michael & Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute. The hospital is a part of Trinity Health based in Livonia, MI. Trinity has 94 hospitals and 109 continuing care locations across 22 states.

HealthSearch Partners was formed in 2018 by the joining together of Dallas-based firms FaithSearch Partners and Southerland Partners and Chicago-based CES Partners. Together, the three firms have combined experience of over 3,100 managed searches including more than 500 CEO searches and represent more than 130 years of search experience. The firm specializes in identifying and placing transformational, mission-minded CEOs and senior leaders in healthcare systems.

“Health system boards now have an even better option than the customary ‘Big Four’ search firms,” said Keith Southerland, board chair, HealthSearch Partners. “Our experience gives us the unique ability to consistently identify the transformational leader mission-minded healthcare organizations need.”

“We have the unusual opportunity to access candidates who are off-limits to many large firms due to their wide range of clients and placements, enabling us to be even more selective when finding the right leader,” said Barry Cesafsky, board vice chair of the group.

“What sets us apart is that we have the level of experience and expertise of a large firm, but the speed, creativity and access of a small firm,” said Ed Fry, who serves as president and CEO of the organization. “Our clients aren’t passed on to a junior consultant after they sign. They work with senior consultants every step of the way – people who have 20 to 30 years of experience, have seen it before and can lead a search confidently.”

Well Qualified

Mr. Bartolome joined FaithSearch in 2008 and most recently served as the administrative director for cardiovascular services at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, the second largest hospital in the metro Kansas City, KS area. Before he was a hospital operations and product line leader, he served several organizations in various marketing leadership roles. Those organizations include: Shawnee Mission Medical Center, the University of Kansas School of Nursing, and three hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Ms. Conley spent the first half of her career with some of the leading pediatric hospitals in the country, such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, focusing on quality improvement, operations, and strategic planning. She is skilled at partnering and consulting with boards of directors, chief executive officers, and senior executives on executive recruitment and retention, succession planning, and organizational and leadership development. A native of Chicago, she earned her MHSA and an undergraduate degree in organizational communications and business from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

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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