February 11, 2020 – 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, the chief nursing officer has traditionally been the most difficult to secure, according to recruiters.
Recently, executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer was called in by Silver Cross Hospital to help find its next chief nursing officer. Founder and vice chairman Roger Quick is leading the assignment along with principal Joe Johnston.
Reporting to the CEO, the CNO will provide executive nursing leadership, focus and vision to the entire Silver Cross organization, articulating and promoting a contemporary vision of nursing philosophy and practice. As a member of Silver Cross’s top executive team, the individual will be expected to participate in strategic planning, patient experience committee, operational practices, policy, facilities development, equipment selection and capital and operational budgets, in order to achieve Silver Cross’s mission, objectives and goals.
The CNO will be charged with leading the fiscal oversight of allocated resources in order to ensure quality and safe, cost-effective care in all assigned clinical areas, developing sound and creative strategies to enhance care, service and support optimal outcomes, said Quick Leonard Kieffer. He or she will establish effective staffing patterns in accordance with standards of practice to achieve the highest quality patient care and to maximize operational efficiencies of the hospital.
This person should have significant, demonstrated experience in adaptive leadership with an understanding of excellence and the ability to lead a nursing division to achieve it, said the search firm. Demonstrated success in employee and patient satisfaction, along with a strong track record of consensus-building is also important.
Silver Cross Hospital is a 302-bed acute care/general hospital that was founded in 1895 and is located at its new campus in New Lenox, IL. Served by a staff of 2,800 employees, 900 physicians and 700 volunteers, Silver Cross annually logs about 77,775 emergency visits, more than 21,270 inpatient admissions, 200,000 outpatient registrations, 22,000 surgical procedures and 2,800 deliveries. The hospital has about $400 million in total operating revenue.
Founded in 1999, Quick Leonard Kieffer is a retained executive search firm with experience finding leaders for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, healthcare associations, life sciences companies, insurance companies and non-profits, among other clients. The firm is based in Chicago and has a track record of placing C-suite and other senior executives with leading, well-recognized healthcare organizations around the country.
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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.
Mr. Johnston joined Quick Leonard Kieffer in 2016. He works alongside the firm’s partners, principals and associates in conducting a variety of senior-level healthcare searches for community hospitals, medical groups and large health systems. He has 20 years of experience in executive search. Previously, Mr. Johnston held senior research, knowledge management and recruitment positions at Ray & Berndtsen, Korn Ferry and Lantern Partners.
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