Morris & Berger Leading CEO Search for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group and Pediatric Management Group

April 1, 2024 – The non-profit sector is one of the fastest growing areas within executive search today. Recently, Morris & Berger, a recruitment firm that specializes in searches for non-profit organizations, was called by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group and Pediatric Management Group to lead in its search for a new CEO. The search committee is seeking an exceptional visionary leader who will provide strategic leadership regarding marketing and advocacy and reach out beyond Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to build a strong referral base of physicians. They will assist hospital and leadership in developing a pediatric health care system that will both extend existing service areas and diversify the current payer mix.

This lead will provide strategic thinking and leadership around current trends and economic changes that impact pediatric healthcare. They will be highly accountable for operational oversight of key medical group functions including contracting, billing and collection and compliance to ensure that revenue opportunities for the medical group are maximized.

The CEO must be a strong leader who knows how to collaboratively inspire and motivate an organization while being appropriately decisive and effective on critical issues. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who knows how to interpret the evolving healthcare environment and advantageously position the organization. Strong financial management expertise, sound business practices, and the ability to execute and move forward is essential.

The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as good listening skills, according to Morris & Berger. The firms explains that the CEO must be effective with large and small audiences and on a one-on-one basis and to a wide range of constituencies. With a team-oriented approach that effectively promotes collaboration, the CEO must know how to create a positive environment and a culture of accountability, while inspiring staff to achieve high levels of performance.

The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, open to change and innovation, and have an ability to set high standards, holding people accountable while being flexible and adjusting to changing conditions in the environment. It is important that the successful candidate be a mature professional with a direct, honest, and personal style, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor.

Related: Achieving Diversity for Non-Profits

This position requires an individual with the knowledge to effectively champion institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The ideal candidate will have experience in integrating and coordinating DEI principles and best practices into all management and service areas.

Career Path Leading to this Position

Candidates could include physicians who have leadership and management experience as well as others with executive leadership experience with increasing responsibility in the healthcare industry. The successful candidate will have a record of proven success working with physician groups in a hospital setting. While California experience is preferred, candidates from other states will also be considered. Experience with a pediatric physicians’ group would be a plus.

How Non-Profits Can Identify and Recruit Their Next Great Leader
Thanks to younger generations, interest in and support of mission-aligned organizations is surging. According to the Better Business Bureau, seventy-five percent of millennials believe that a business should have a higher purpose beyond generating capital. For Gen Z, the desire is even greater, according to a recent report from Johanna Vargas, vice president and senior associate at BroadView Talent Partners. “That’s good news for non-profits,” she says. The same purpose-driven organizations that younger generations are supporting with time and resources are the ones they hope to work for one day, according to Ms. Vargas.

Pediatric Management Group, LLC (PMG), a California Limited Liability Company, is a physician practice management company that provides billing, collecting, contracting, practice development, and management services to its clients. The principal owner of PMG is the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group (CHLAMG), which is the largest pediatric multi-specialty group in the United States. It has over 900 members covering more than thirty sub-specialties and is based primarily at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. CHLAMG physicians provide top pediatric care via five departments: Anesthesiology and critical care medicine; pathology and laboratory medicine; pediatrics; radiology; and surgery.

Founded in 1984, Morris & Berger’s specialty practice spans the non-profit sector. It includes institutions of higher education, independent schools, foundations, human and social service agencies and clients in the performing and visual arts.

The firm is led by partners Jay Berger and Karin Berger Stellar. It has recruited CEOs for non-profits like Child Abuse Listening Mediation, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Hospice of Santa Barbara, National Math and Science Initiative, Portland State University Foundation and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Related: Six Recruiting Trends Effecting Non-Profits

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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