Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeking Chief Medical Officer for Norwegian American Hospital

December 13, 2018 – Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has been selected by Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago to lead its search for a new chief medical officer. Founder and vice chairman Roger Quick is leading the assignment along with principal Lindsey Hochman.

Reporting to the president and chief executive officer of the hospital, the chief medical officer is a strategic partner in enhancing physician alignment strategy, ensuring regular communication with the medical staff and providing oversight and counsel to the medical executive committee and other medical staff elected officials. Quick Leonard Kieffer said that this “individual serves as a physician and patient advocate, actively engaged in contributing clinical expertise to administrative functions as a member of the executive team.”

In addition, the “CMO acts as a liaison between administration and the medical staff to build consensus and ensure that the organizational goals and strategic initiatives related to quality, clinical performance and outcomes, patient safety, clinical informatics, patient experience, physician and employee engagement, and process excellence are successfully implemented and maintained,” the search firm said. This leader also plays an active role in developing the strategy and direction of the organization, supporting, promoting and preserving the mission and values of Norwegian American Hospital.

Norwegian American Hospital is a 200-bed acute-care facility that has served the residents of the near northwest side of Chicago since 1894. It is the fourth-leading provider of high-quality, charitable healthcare among 59 area hospitals. The hospital is served by over 1,000 employees and 350 medical staff members. It supports residency programs in family medicine and podiatric surgery.

Seasoned Recruiters

Quick Leonard Kieffer, based in Chicago, specializes in placing executive-level employees across the healthcare industry. The firm was established in 1999 by Roger Quick and Michael C. Kieffer. Although the healthcare sector is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, the industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation. This makes the need for proven and experienced boards and executive teams with vision and broadening skills more important than ever.

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 Over his 25-year career in executive search, Mr. Quick has conducted hundreds of board member, CEO, dean, clinical chair and senior-executive searches for hospitals, healthcare systems, insurance companies, life sciences and medical technology firms, associations and professional societies, as well as non-profits and voluntary health associations.

Ms. Hochman guides the day-to-day operational efforts of team members, and works alongside the firm’s managing partners in the execution of a variety of senior-level searches. She is active in relationships with clients ranging from large academic medical centers and healthcare systems to community hospitals and medical groups, in disciplines that run the gamut from operations and finance to medical affairs, nursing and human resources.

Chief Medical Officers

Chief medical officers are typically cited as the senior government official designated head of medical services, sometimes at the national level. The post is held by a physician who advises and leads a team of medical experts on matters of public health importance.

According to recruiters, the role of the chief medical officer has evolved in recent years, and organizations are looking for leaders with broader skill-sets. “Today’s CMO needs to have professional experience gathered from different players in the drug development industry, since he or she needs to understand the objectives of the key players in the field,” said Marc Salzberg, CEO of Airway Therapeutics, that is, academia / clinical practice, the pharma industry, regulatory authorities and third-party vendors, such as contract research organizations, in order to successfully cooperate with those partners.”

Over the past year, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new CMOs. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Carrington & Carrington has been selected by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to find its next chief medical officer. “The CMO serves as a visionary, strategic thinker, and national thought leader on clinical issues, both in the Planned Parenthood setting and the field of women’s health broadly,” said Carrington & Carrington. 

Coulter Partners placed David Michelson as the chief medical officer of Proclara Biosciences in Cambridge, MA. “David is a seasoned leader, with deep research, clinical and regulatory expertise, including significant experience in neurology and I thank the Coulter Partners team for their outstanding work in achieving this high-caliber appointment.”

Slone Partners placed Michael Dugan as chief medical officer of Clinical Genomics. Dr. Dugan is a well-known biotechnology leader with extensive clinical experience in both commercial and academic settings. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of MCDXI Medical Diagnostics International.

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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