June 22, 2018 – Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company has been retained by Georgia Urology to lead its search for a new president. Vice president Chris Ekrem is leading the assignment along with Hallie Banker.
This is a newly created position, reporting to the CEO, in tandem with the managing director. Having experienced exponential growth over the last 40-plus years and facing the ever-evolving challenges of the healthcare industry, Georgia Urology seeks a president who can formulate and execute a strategic plan that will further elevate the practice both regionally and nationally. The president will also be responsible for building strong working relationships with health systems in the region as well as developing cohesiveness among the Georgia Urology offices and ambulatory surgery centers, said Tyler & Company.
Georgia Urology wants an executive with at least seven years of progressive management responsibility in a physician practice. “The ideal candidate will be an astute healthcare leader who can successfully guide intelligent physicians through the next stage of the physician group’s organizational development,” the firm said. Urology experience is a plus. An MBA, MHA or comparable advanced degree is preferred.
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The search firm described the role as “an outstanding opportunity to join a large physician practice, develop and implement a strategic plan, help the group continue to grow and succeed, and train alongside the current CEO Jason Shelnutt to hopefully succeed him when he retires in two years.” A strong base salary, incentive plan, relocation assistance and executive benefits package will also be offered.
“We are confident that our process – founded on client satisfaction, customization and a high-touch and transparent approach – will deliver outstanding results as we seek the best fit for president of Georgia Urology,” Tyler & Company said.
Georgia Urology is the seventh largest urology practice in the U.S. and the largest urology practice in Atlanta and the Southeast, with 43 urologists, 13 advanced practice providers, more than 30 office locations and six ambulatory surgery centers. The organization is also a leader in vasectomy and vasectomy reversal procedures.
Tyler & Company is the healthcare executive search arm of Jackson Healthcare. It specializes in recruiting leadership talent for healthcare, academic medicine and health and 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.
Mr. Ekrem has two decades of hospital administration experience in healthcare operations, management and financial leadership across the continuum of care. He led highly successful business development projects during his tenure in operations and administrative leadership roles at community hospitals, academic medical centers and critical access hospitals in Texas and Kansas.
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Ms. Banker joined Tyler & Company in 1993 as one of the firm’s first administrative residents. She 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. During her tenure at the firm, she has placed hundreds of executive candidates and has worked with clients in all types of healthcare organizations.
This past May, Tyler & Company expanded with the addition of Marion Spears Karr as a vice president and senior healthcare consultant. Mr. Karr brings in-depth experience leading successful recruitment teams that specialize in nursing leadership, C-level, vice president and senior director-level searches. He has developed a deep understanding of complex challenges facing healthcare and nursing leaders in the current market, said Tyler & Company. Previously, Mr. Karr was president of Avery Executive Search, a talent and solutions company specializing in healthcare, as well as executive vice president for parent company Avery Partners.
Tyler & Company recently announced that it is partnering with Hospital Services Corp. (HSC), a subsidiary of the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA). The firm said that like NMHA and HSC, it strives to improve healthcare across the board. “We make an impact in the healthcare industry by matching outstanding, well-qualified, adaptable leaders within healthcare facilities and systems, thus inflicting positive change and a powerful impact within the incessant shift of the healthcare realm,” said the firm. “The principal goal to improve patient care and increase patient satisfaction requires fearless leaders who accept the constant challenges that healthcare imposes.”
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