February 6, 2018 – Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been selected by GI Specialists of Georgia, a gastroenterology healthcare practice, to lead its search for a new CEO. Senior consultant Hallie Banker is leading the assignment.
The CEO is accountable for management of all GI Specialists clinic operations, ancillary services and ambulatory surgery centers, including strategic planning for the growth and success of the organization. The new leader will work to achieve the organization’s overall goals and participate in establishing policy, strategy and direction for GI Specialists services, said the search firm. It is critical that the CEO have outstanding negotiation skills and an ability to bring people together to achieve consensus on operational decisions.
The Right Fit
The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in senior management, providing operational guidance for at least a five-plus physician group, said Tyler & Co. Experience in managing staff in a multi-site, multi-specialty setting is required. Given the variety of professional interactions that the job demands, the new leader must have developed positive working relationships with physicians and should embody excellent teambuilding and interpersonal skills
The individual is also expected to possess strong skills in financial accountability for clinic practices, according to the job specification. Demonstrated experience managing through the identification of business and people needs through open communication is required. Prior experience running or establishing service lines and/or other significant practice development activities will also be helpful. It is also necessary for the prospective CEOs to have proven that they embrace creativity, accept responsibility, maintain professionalism, effectively lead others through change, be a leader in recognition and respect and remain accessible for employees and physicians, said the search firm.
Serving Northwest Atlanta communities for over 25 years, GI Specialists of Georgia has 23 board-certified physicians, eight office locations and three ambulatory surgery centers in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding counties.
Tyler & Co is the healthcare executive search arm of Jackson Healthcare. It specializes in recruiting leadership talent for healthcare, academic medicine, and health & life sciences organizations. Since 1978, the firm has placed thousands of C-suite executives, physician leaders and healthcare administrators for organizations including health systems, hospitals, physician group practices and academic medical centers. Tyler & Co. recently named Preston Smith, an acknowledged healthcare industry leader, as its new president. He came on board with the retirement of founder Larry Tyler.
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Ms. Banker recruits for a variety of healthcare positions, but specializes in C-suite opportunities, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief finance officer, chief medical officer and chief nursing officer. Throughout her tenure at Tyler & Company, she has placed hundreds of executive candidates. She has worked with clients in virtually all types of healthcare organizations. CEO roles that Ms. Banker has filled include those for FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Navicent Health, among other healthcare organizations.
“Hallie has built a strong reputation in the industry based upon the relationships she developed throughout her many years in the search industry,” said Dennis Kain, SVP at Tyler & Co. “She is recognized as a creative, detail-oriented, team player.”
Active Healthcare Sector
The U.S. healthcare system has undergone its 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. Healthcare is now 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. In the most recent labor report, employment in healthcare continued to trend up in January (+21,000), with a gain of 13,000 in hospitals. In 2017, healthcare added an average of 24,000 jobs per month.
“The face of healthcare leadership is changing rapidly and dramatically as the Baby Boom generation ages out of their leadership positions, and network integrations and realignments continually shift the continuum of responsibilities thrust upon administrators,” said Carl Fitch, leader of Witt/Kieffer’s emerging physician leaders search practice.