Phillips DiPisa & Associates Seeks Chief Nursing Officers for Healthcare Organizations

April 25, 2019 – As the life sciences sector continues to expand and reshape itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, in fact, chief nursing officer has traditionally been the most difficult to secure, according to recruiters.

Phillips, DiPisa & Associates, an executive search firm serving the healthcare and life sciences sectors, has been retained by Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN, and Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, NE to find chief nursing officers. Leading both assignments is executive recruiter Beth Ross.

CNOs have a variety of duties, depending on the facility where they work. But most importantly, the position calls for supervising nurses and nurse managers. CNOs also oversee design and implementation of patient-care delivery, and serve as leaders in their facility’s efforts to maintain outcome levels. They are some of the most sought after and highly visible leaders in the hospital and healthcare environment.

As a major academic campus and principal teaching hospital, Methodist University brings together research, medicine and innovation. The organization is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as Best Regional Hospital.

The incoming nursing officer will be responsible for leading, planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of nursing services for the hospital. Phillips “This individual has accountability for developing and implementing standards of nursing practice to ensure delivery of quality patient care standards,” said Phillips DiPisa & Associates. “They will manage an operating budget of approximately $132 million and will oversee over 1,180 FTEs (full-time equivalents) across the departments.”

The Right Candidate

The search firm said that the winning candidate will have extensive clinical nursing and management experience with a minimum of eight years gained through increasingly responsible related management positions which include serving key leadership roles. “Ideal experience would be in a large, sophisticated integrated delivery system in a competitive market,” the firm said.

Regional West Health Services is comprised of the region’s only tertiary referral medical center, a 10-bed acute care hospital, a 40-bed intermediate care facility, a full-service retirement community offering 100 independent and assisted living apartments, and one of the nation’s premier independent third-party administrators. It provides comprehensive and innovative healthcare services that spans over 32 medical specialties provided by nearly 300 providers over 28 physician clinics.

The incoming CNO will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the financial, productivity, quality of service and human resource management of all assigned areas. The individual develops organization-wide patient care programs, policies, and procedures that describe how patient care needs are assessed, evaluated and measured.


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The ideal candidate will have clinical nursing and management experience with a minimum of five years gained through increasingly responsible related management positions. “Ideal experience would be in a complex, sizable community teaching hospital, academic medical center or an integrated delivery system,” said Phillips DiPisa.

Healthcare Recruiters

Phillips DiPisa, headquartered in Hingham, MA, is a retained executive search firm that exclusively serves the healthcare and life sciences industries. Founded in 1994, the firm is ranked as one of the top healthcare recruiting firms in the country. In addition to the Boston area, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Ms. Ross joined Phillips DiPisa in 2014. She has focused on recruiting senior-level physician and non-physician leaders across most clinical and functional areas. Ms. Ross has a track record for swiftly identifying prospective candidates, winning their interest and commitment, and ensuring their success and retention once placed.

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

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