May 28, 2019 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown.
Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has recently been enlisted by CommunityHealth in Chicago to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The assignment is being conducted by Steven M. Derks, president and CEO, along with principal Joe Johnston.
Reporting to the chair of the board of directors, the CEO is the lead executive responsible for executing against a board-approved strategic plan, annual goals and objectives, as well as ensuring strong financial controls and oversight and high quality operations and services. The individual must organize functions and assemble a staff team to assist in, support and be accountable for this work.
“The CEO helps generate and oversee a more than $3 million fundraising and operating budget as well as more than $19 million in donated goods and services,” said Quick Leonard Kieffer. “He or she will have oversight of 40 staff as well as a 1600-member volunteer corps.”
Founded in 1993, CommunityHealth is the nation’s largest free clinic, serving Chicago and surrounding communities. It is the leader in delivering comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at no cost to low-income, uninsured adults in need of a medical home. The organization relies on the combination of philanthropy, donations of goods and services, volunteerism, partnerships with academic medical centers, residency programs and providers, as well as passionate and committed board and staff champions to fulfill its mission to improve the health and well-being of the uninsured and the communities in which they live.
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 undergoing 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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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. He has won a reputation for 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.
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, he held senior research, knowledge management and recruitment positions at Ray & Berndtsen, Korn Ferry and Lantern Partners.
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