Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeks Next Leader for Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

September 17, 2018 – Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer for the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.

The individual will also serve as vice president for diversity, inclusion and health equity for the institute’s parent organization, the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The assignment will be conducted by Steven M. Derks, president and chief executive officer; Robert K. Kuramoto, managing partner; Joyce Washington, managing partner; and principal Lindsey Hochman.

Based in Chicago, the institute’s next leader will have the opportunity to lead the organization and the AHA to a preeminent place in increasing the diversity of America’s health care leadership, ensuring inclusive working environments and enabling equitable care for all individuals, said Quick Leonard Kieffer.

The president/vice president serves as the lead executive staffing the institute’s board of directors. The individual will also be an integral part of the AHA’s senior management team, responsible for collaborating across the association to leverage internal and external assets, existing platforms and partnerships aimed at advancing diversity, inclusion, and health equity, said the search firm.

High Expectations

The president/vice president will manage a team of five direct reports and oversee an annual budget of $2 million, with the expectation of creating a business model that produces supporting revenue via products, services, conferences and educational resources, said Quick Leonard Kieffer.

This servant leader will be charged with helping AHA member CEOs and executive teams and their boards of directors create their own strategies, initiatives and programs to improve health and well-being locally, regionally and nationally by increasing diversity in governance and executive management, as well as reducing disparities and promoting culturally competent and inclusive care, the search firm said. The president/vice president will also advance best practices in community partnerships and population health strategies.


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Founded in 1898, the AHA is a national non-profit organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals and health care networks, their patients and their communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care come together with 43,000 individual members to form the AHA. Through its representation and advocacy activities, the AHA ensures that members’ perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. The AHA also provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity was established in 1994 by the AHA, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Health Services Executives. The institute has since been joined by the Catholic Health Association as a sponsoring partner.

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The institute is governed by a diverse board of healthcare leaders from across the U.S., and all members of the AHA are also members of the institute. The institute leads national initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in health care, empowering health organizations to provide equitable care for all persons. Working with the institute and its affiliates and partners, the AHA has developed a number of resources to help organizations with their diversity and health equity strategies and goals, and honors those executives, hospitals and health systems that are leading in these efforts.

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.

Mr. Derks brings over 25 years of experience, knowledge and networks to his consulting work at Quick Leonard Kieffer. As a CEO assembling executive teams, as a board member helping to select and oversee CEOs and executives and in his work with clients, he has developed a strong understanding of working with hiring executives and boards of directors, discerning the strategic leadership needs of organizations, identifying qualified talent, and recognizing the best fit for clients. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

A Seasoned Team

Mr. Kuramoto works on all levels of C-Suite leadership searches in hospitals, medical groups and academic medical centers with a focus on physician executives. He also serves on the New England Journal of Medicine’s Advisory Board for physician recruiting.

Ms. Washington has over 25 years of experience in general management and healthcare systems, including public and private hospitals. She utilizes a proactive leadership style to consistently drive results in an ever-changing industry while consistently applying leading-edge business solutions to deliver improvements in revenue and profitability.

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.

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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