September 7, 2017 – The Tolan Group, a member of the Sanford Rose Associates network, has appointed seasoned behavioral healthcare executive Diana Ramsay to lead its behavioral health, human services, family services and substance abuse practice.
“Behavioral health and the other segments we will offer services to are all areas that can have immense health, economic, and quality of life consequences,” said Ms. Ramsay, who retains the title of practice partner. “A critical challenge for CEO’s is finding superior talent. I am excited about helping behavioral health, human services and substance abuse executives get their arms around the human capital needs required to run a highly effective organization that enables them to provide first-rate support and services their clients need and deserve.”
CEO and managing partner Tim Tolan said the market for healthcare talent has never been greater. “Having a seasoned and experienced behavioral health CEO leading this practice will be huge for our firm,’ he said. “Diana has witnessed the challenges of finding great talent during her time as CEO of multiple behavioral health organizations for over two decades. Diana is an expert in behavioral health working at the board level with a special interest and understanding of governance, mergers and acquisitions and philanthropy.”
The Tolan Group provides executive search services to clients and candidates servicing the healthcare IT industry. The Sanford Rose Associates umbrella network has over 70 offices worldwide with locations in North America, Latin America and Asia.
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Mr. Tolan has conducted searches for CEOs, CIOs, COOs CFOs, presidents, senior vice presidents, vice presidents of business development, product development and sales professionals. He has worked with large and small cap companies, as well as privately-held and early-stage companies. In addition to his executive search experience, he has been in the healthcare technology field for over 25 years holding executive-level positions for companies both public and private. His network comes from years of serving as a healthcare executive with ProxyMed, Inc., Healtheon/ WebMD, ePhysician and CITATION Computer Systems.
Active Healthcare Sector
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.
According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, healthcare employment continued on an upward trend over the month (20,000) and has risen by 328,000 over the year. Employment in hospitals edged up over the month (6,000).
“The healthcare space continues to lead most hiring metrics and represents nearly 20 percent of the nation’s GDP,” said Mr. Tolan. “Healthcare will always be a solid market and the demands have never been stronger. Leadership, technology and clinical roles continue to be in hot demand.”
The U.S. healthcare system has undergone the most dramatic reform in over three decades, shifting towards a team-based care model driven by value-based reimbursements and capitated contracts for population health management. “As a result, healthcare organization are undergoing major clinical, operational and technological transformations, causing organizations to re-evaluate the kind of business and clinical leaders they need to successfully deliver care in this new environment,” said John Gramer, president of Cejka Executive Search. “At the same time, the U.S. is facing increasing demand for healthcare services, thanks to the aging population and surge in the newly insured, and not enough physicians to meet that demand.”
“So, healthcare organizations are looking for expanded skill-sets in one of the most resource-constrained employment markets in decades,” he said. “The result is fierce competition for top healthcare talent, and growing demand for organizational design, succession planning and search services to help define and build the healthcare leadership teams of the future.”
Mr. Gramer characterized today’s healthcare employment market as among the most competitive and complex in decades. “Both healthcare leaders and practicing clinicians have greater career choices than in the past,” he said. “Healthcare reform has created additional opportunities for healthcare leaders to oversee care coordination, utilization management, employee health, and population health.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media