August 23, 2018 – InveniasPartners, a Chicago-based healthcare executive search and talent advisory services firm, has announced that Joseph E. Fournier is joining the firm as a partner.
“We are delighted to welcome Joe to our team of consultants,” said Curt Lucas, managing partner and chairman of InveniasPartners. “Our firm is focused strictly on healthcare – it is a passion that binds us together to make an impact. Joe’s experience at leading organizations across the country allows him to advise our clients on the human capital issues challenging the industry and formulate solutions to the talent and leadership challenges affecting so many healthcare organizations across the nation. Joe is a proven and innovative leader who will provide tremendous value to our firm and clients.”
Mr. Fournier, who will be based in Salt Lake City, UT, is a nationally recognized, healthcare leader with significant expertise in operating large and complex organizations, said InveniasPartners. He has deep experience leading transformation, developing leaders and guiding workforce planning to provide safe, affordable, outstanding service to patients, customers and communities.
An Accomplished Professional
Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief people officer of Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit system comprised of 22 hospitals, a medical group with 1,600 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at more than 185 clinics, a health plans division and other health services. Before joining Intermountain, Mr. Fournier held executive leadership positions at the University of Michigan Health System and UMass Memorial Health Care. He led both systems through significant change and transformation. Earlier in his career, he was an in-house attorney, general counsel and Air Force officer.
“The war for talent is over and talent won,” said Mr. Fournier. “In the past, we hired talented leaders to manage the business. Today, talented leaders are the heart of every business.”
The healthcare industry is confronted with an unprecedented and accelerated pace of change, said Mr. Fournier. “If we are going to improve healthcare for all in America, we need the most talented and innovative leaders at the helm of our healthcare organizations,” he said. “At InveniasPartners, I will focus on placing and developing outstanding leaders at organizations across the nation and helping them to transform and embrace the opportunities in healthcare today and tomorrow.”
Mr. Fournier holds a law degree from Suffolk University Law School, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Worcester State University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Providence College.
In addition to its Chicago headquarters, InveniasPartners has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City and St. Louis. The firm’s clients include BJC HealthCare, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Iowa Health Care, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Inova and the University of Chicago Medical Center, among others.
As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts and whatever changes are coming. This has produced a high demand for top-notch leaders in the sector – and executive recruiters who can land them.
While executive search firms have stepped up in recent months placing numerous leaders at various healthcare organizations, recruiting firms have also bulked up their respective healthcare practices. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Nashville, TN-based the Human Capital Group expanded with the addition of healthcare veteran Paul Cleckner as managing director. Mr. Cleckner brings more than 25 years of senior operating and leadership experience in healthcare and technology. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Saint Thomas Health..
Quick Leonard Kieffer announced a new of counsel relationship with H. Stephen Lieber. He will be assisting with executive search and client consulting, with a special emphasis on the healthcare association and professional society arenas, as well as the information and digital technology industry sectors.
Consultants from three executive search firms have joined forces to launch a new search platform, HealthSearch Partners, specializing in identifying and placing transformational, mission-minded CEOs and senior leaders in healthcare systems. HealthSearch Partners combines CES Executive Search, FaithSearch Partners, and Southerland Partners.
Cejka Executive Search, a specialist recruiter serving the healthcare space, recently expanded with the addition of Mark Madden as executive vice president, managing principal, to lead executive search services for senior healthcare executive positions. Previously, Mr. Madden spent more than seven years with B.E. Smith serving as SVP of executive search.
Chicago-based TalentRISE expanded with the addition of Kathleen Murphy as managing director, healthcare and life sciences. Since 2010, Ms. Murphy has served as director of executive recruiting at Huron Consulting Group, a business consulting firm serving the healthcare, life sciences, higher education and other commercial markets.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media