RM Nephew and Associates Lands Top Roles for Parkland Health & Hospital System

March 14, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates recently completed searches for two key roles within the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. John W. Wendling is the new executive director of Community Health Plan, Parkland’s managed care organization, and Steven Roth, who was serving as the interim general counsel for the health and hospital system, has been promoted to general counsel. Search firm founder and managing partner Robert Nephew spearheaded both assignments.

Mr. Wendling, who previously worked for Gateway Health in Pittsburgh, will report to the CEO and COO of the Parkland system. He has deep experience in managed care, integration of services, accountable care organization development and patient-centered home medical models. While at Gateway, Mr. Wendling helped develop new and existing markets such as Medicaid and Medicare Advantage. Before that, he served as CEO of Magellan Healthcare in Nebraska and CEO of Healthfirst of Ohio.

Mr. Roth, who was chosen from a national slate of candidates, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and has a master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He has served the Parkland system in various legal and management capacities since 2001. Mr. Roth is active in the Dallas community and sits on several boards, including those of the Business Council for the Arts and the Dallas Zoo.

Among the Largest

Parkland Health & Hospital System first opened its doors in 1894 and is now one of the largest public hospital systems in the country. The hospital averages more than one million patient visits annually. Services include a level-one trauma center, the second largest civilian burn center in the U.S. and a level-three neonatal intensive care unit. The system also includes 20 community-based clinics, including primary care and women’s clinics, 12 school-based clinics and numerous outreach and education programs. Parkland is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Parkland Community Health Plan was created in 1999 to provide insurance services for children, teens, pregnant women, and other adults. The plan’s programs cover doctor visits, checkups, immunizations, and more. The plan’s in-network providers include more than 3,000 doctors and 25 hospitals, including Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center.

RM Nephew and Associates, based in Boston and New York, provides partnership-driven solutions to business leadership and recruitment challenges worldwide. The firm specializes in executive search services for clients in the healthcare, technology, supply chain, warehousing, distribution and manufacturing, and professional services industries. Its clients range from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size firms to private equity and venture-backed start-ups. RM Nephew and Associates has core experience partnering with privately-held, family-owned firms.

Deep Experience

Mr. Nephew founded the firm with more than 35 years executive search experience. He has built his career within the technology, professional services and healthcare industries. Areas of expertise include human resources, board of directors and financial officer disciplines. Through his extensive work in these areas, Mr. Nephew has refined techniques for placing senior leaders who serve as trusted advisors to the CEO on a range of strategic business matters.

Last year, the search firm formed a partnership with Cronin Partners International Search, an executive search firm headquartered in Dublin.


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“Having a trusted partner based in Ireland will enable us to significantly improve our offerings to clients with needs in the European and international markets,” said Mr. Nephew. “We all live and work in a global economy. We want to be sure that we can deliver the absolute best candidates to our clients, wherever in the world they are operating.”

An International Alliance

Mr. Nephew said that the alliance will help strengthen his firm in a variety of ways. “In addition to increasing the breadth and depth of our international sourcing, we will be gaining deeper cross-cultural understanding and a broadened insight into the global marketplace,” he said. “This partnership enables us to offer premier, bespoke executive search services to our global clients.”

For Cronin Partners, the partnership provides a U.S. platform and access to expertise that will round out the firm’s international reach. Until now, its focus has predominantly been on Ireland, the U.K., mainland Europe, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. “Both firms are dedicated to serving clients and candidates at the highest level, and our companies are aligned in ethos and approach,” said Ms. Cronin. “We look forward to demonstrating our enhanced services and offerings to both current and new clients.”

Cronin Partners’ expertise spans the private, public, not-for-profit and education sectors. Its clients are blue-chip multinational and Irish public limited companies. Some of the firm’s recent assignments include non-executive board director, CEO, CFO, CTO, COO, group business development director, group buying and strategy director, group commercial director, chief economist, group head of HR and general manager.

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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