UPMC Taps Carrington & Carrington to Find President

July 19, 2018 – Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Carrington & Carrington has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to find its next president for the UPMC Cole hospital in Coudersport, PA.

“Aside from having the skill level and experience, the candidate who stands out will be one who can epitomize UPMC’s mission, vision and core values in their leadership,” said Marian Carrington, engagement leader of the search and co-owner of Carrington & Carrington. The president of UPMC Cole will be responsible for implementing the strategic direction and all related business entities of the hospital, said the search firm.

The new leader will be expected to work with the president of UPMC Susquehanna and the UPMC Cole executive team to set policy and monitor the status of the institution focusing on operations and strategic relationships with the hospital’s board of directors, medical staff, community and other stakeholders.

The candidate must have experience in a critical access hospital system and demonstrate expertise in operations/resource management, delivering positive customer and patient satisfaction, strategic management, fiscal management and community and industry/social responsibility, said the search firm. It is also imperative that the president develop a mindset of continued professional development: to maintain up-to-date training, knowledge of important regulatory and industry trends, and understanding of critical processes and procedures in a changing, dynamic environment.


Help Wanted: Manager of Executive Recruitment
Carrington & Carrington continues its multi-year partnership with UPMC as it sets out to find the organization’s next manager of executive recruitment. The position will report directly to the director of talent acquisition. The individual will be responsible for developing and implementing recruitment strategies internally and externally and managing the day-to-day workload and progress of the UPMC executive recruitment team. “UPMC has embraced a culture of ‘dignity and respect’ and it is that mindset that drives innovation and collaboration there so successfully,” said Marian Carrington, the engagement leader for the search and co-owner of Carrington & Carrington, Ltd.


Candidate must have a master’s degree in business, health administration or related area, said Carrington & Carrington. Prospects must also have at least 10 years of operations experience in a healthcare-related environment and five years’ experience in senior management. Certification by the American College for Health Care Executives with reference for a fellowship is also desirable.

World-Renowned Leader

UPMC is world-renowned healthcare provider and insurer. It is the largest non-government employer in Pennsylvania, with more than 80,000 employees and international operations. The company is involved in inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities. It offers more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.2 million-member insurance services division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania.


HR Trends Impacting Healthcare Recruiting Specialists
Changes in healthcare are continuing to occur at a quickening pace, seemingly the fastest in recent history. Where the Trump administration takes it is anyone’s guess. But any changes coming to the sector, good or bad, will impact many businesses, including search firms, that work in the healthcare space.


Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of best hospitals in the country. UPMC Enterprises is the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC, while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents.

UPMC recently inked a multi-year partnership with Carrington & Carrington to help boost the healthcare giant’s diversity hiring at its most senior levels. “This is a partnership that highlights and showcases UPMC’s commitment to diversity and also their trust and confidence in our firm,” said Ms. Carrington. “We have not seen this level of commitment during our 30-plus years and it is one that is going to bring extreme value for both organizations.”

Carrington & Carrington had conducted a previous search for UPMC’s first chief diversity officer, and later, her replacement. The firm had also recruited a VP of HR in UPMC’s international operations. “The decision was made as the result of our successful placements of these individuals, the first individuals to be part of their executive leadership ranks, that they would engage us in a full partnership to help increase the representation not only of the senior-level executives, but also to help in building their pipeline of high-potential middle management candidates,” said Ms. Carrington. She said the partnership concept was brought to the board of directors and was endorsed for “multiple years.”

Veteran Recruiters

Besides Chicago, Carrington & Carrington has offices in Washington, D.C. and Memphis. The firm, founded in 1979, specializes in the recruitment and placement of African-Americans, Latinos, women, LGBT and other diverse professionals. It places middle management and senior-level executives across various industries and functional areas. Co-owned by Ms. Carrington and her husband, Willie, the firm ranks as one of the most respected African-American-owned search firms in the nation.

Mr. Carrington is principal and founder of the firm. He has played and continues to play a significant role in increasing the representation of diverse professionals in major companies across a number of sectors, including banking, finance, manufacturing and utilities. Prior to this, he was executive director of Inroads/Chicago and an auditor for the former CPA firm Arthur Andersen & Co.

Ms. Carrington is principal of Carrington & Carrington. Prior to joining the firm, she was a human resources and operations executive with Allstate Insurance. She focuses in large part on the healthcare, academic and non-profit sectors.

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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