Tyler & Company Seeks CIO for Penn State Health

September 13, 2019 – Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm Tyler & Company has been enlisted to find a senior vice president and chief information officer for Penn State Health, a multi-hospital health system based in Hershey, PA. Search firm president Preston W. Smith, assistant vice president Charlotte Tinsley and consultant René Dodd are spearheading the assignment.

“This is an exciting opportunity to optimize and systematize information technology across the health care enterprise, including the College of Medicine, developing innovative and scalable solutions designed to serve a fast-growing and highly profitable $2.3 billion health system,” said Tyler & Company.

Reporting directly to the chief executive officer of Penn State Health, the chief information officer is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of all elements of the information technology, informatics, data/analytics and the health information management functions, to include leading, planning, directing, communicating and evaluating.

The CIO will act as a business partner, internal consultant and strategic advisor to the senior management team and employee workforce, determining and implementing strategic and tactical information technology initiatives in support of the missions of the Penn State Health system and College of Medicine, said the search firm. This executive is responsible for the establishment and execution of the enterprise-wide IT strategy and ensures its alignment with the enterprise’s business strategy and the delivery of capabilities required to achieve business success.

Candidate Requirements  

As a member of the enterprise executive leadership team, the CIO participates in and contributes to overall enterprise business strategy development, bringing a current knowledge and future vision of leveraging information and technology in business model design, business processes re-engineering, products and services development, and support for the enterprise missions.

Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ experience in a senior information technology leadership role within a complex teaching and medical center environment, or in a service organization where one has demonstrated experience in the integration of cultures through acquisition and/or merger, said Tyler & Company.

Experience implementing and optimizing the full suite of IT solutions in such an environment is important; knowledge of Cerner systems is beneficial. An advanced degree in a related field from an accredited institution is required.  Participation in continuing professional education is a plus.


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 Key characteristics sought in candidates include: active, visible and engaging leader; pragmatic visionary; strategic, full-circle thinker who can follow through on execution; innovator who seeks excellence and provides solutions; able to manage in a matrixed environment where there is competition for resources; understands how technology enables patients, providers, administrators and staff within the college of medicine, an academic medical center, community medical centers and ambulatory care environments; and trusted advisor focused on “customer” satisfaction.

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Penn State Health is $2.3 billion health care enterprise consisting of five hospitals and 57 multispecialty outpatient clinics across nine counties in central Pennsylvania. The system employs more than 1,400 physicians and advanced practice clinicians and nearly 13,000 total workforce members.

Tyler & Company is the healthcare executive search arm of Jackson Healthcare. The firm specializes in recruiting leadership talent for healthcare, academic medicine and health and life sciences organizations. Since 1978, its recruiters have placed thousands of C-suite executives, physician leaders and healthcare administrators health systems, hospitals, physician group practices and academic medical centers.

Mr. Smith brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience to the firm. He is board certified in healthcare management and is a 2017 board member of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives. Previously, Mr. Preston was chief revenue officer at ApolloMD, a national multi-specialty professional medical service company. Before that, he was a private practice attorney working on an array of healthcare-related areas including hospital law, medical malpractice defense, physician practice dispute resolution, litigation, contracting and business organization. He also served as a Georgia state senator for four terms from 2003-2011.

Ms. Tinsley came to Tyler & Company 10 years ago. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in human resources and retained executive search. She focuses on finding senior talent in the areas of general management (president/CEO), finance, technology, HR, sales, marketing and operations. Ms. Tinsley has a long record of managing assignments for public, private and non-profit organizations. Her projects are comprised of searches for regional, national and international senior-level executives.

Ms. Dodd joined Tyler & Company in 2014 as the office manager and administrative assistant, transitioning to consultant two years ago. Before joining the firm, she worked for 10 years at Vericom Corp., exclusively serving healthcare providers with turnkey communications solutions.

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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