INDUSTRY INSIGHTS [ ] data + trends + context
We want disruptive CEOs, but
realities force them to play it safe
Two surveys conducted by the American College of Health- care Executives have highlighted a significant divide between what many medical institutions look for in their C-suite leadership and the difficult, managerial realities
CEOs must prioritize in a disruptive healthcare environment.
In a 2016 white paper titled “What Healthcare Leaders
Should Know About Recruiting Senior Executives: Lessons
from Executive Search Firms,” survey respondents were asked
what trends in the healthcare field were most influencing the
way their healthcare clients were constructing their senior
leadership teams. Most cited an increased demand for physician leadership (82%), followed by increased emphasis on
population health (76%). In response to a question about which
competencies were most in demand by healthcare clients for
their senior leaders, respondents most often named change
management (88%) as well as innovative thinking (70%).
While such competencies in a healthcare CEO are ideal, a
2017 survey ranking the top issues confronting today’s C-suite
showed that leadership predominantly weighed the issues of
financial challenges, government mandates, and personnel
shortages as their most pressing concerns, above patient
satisfaction and population health management.
The discrepancies of these two surveys show that, while
medical groups and health systems recognize a need for
change and shifting values toward patient care, CEOs across
the country face many difficult decisions when confronted
with the challenges of financial stability and an adherence
to government policy. Only when those in the C-suite are
equipped with the proper strategies and support system
can such risk-averse leaders commit to transformation.
American College of Healthcare Executives. 2016. What Healthcare
Leaders Should Know About Recruiting Senior Executives: Lessons
from Executive Search Firms. ache.org/pubs/research/pdf/
American College of Healthcare Executives. 2018. Survey:
Healthcare Finance, Governmental Mandates, Personnel
Shortages Cited by CEOs as Top Issues Confronting
Hospitals in 2017. Press release, February 1, 2018.
Increasedemphasisonthecontinuumofcare Other Mergers,acquisitions,andconsolidationof organizationsintohealthcaresystems
Affiliationsorpartnershipsbetweenorganizations, includingcommunitypartnerships Source: What Healthcare Leaders Should Kno w About Recruiting Senior Executives: Lessons from Executive Search Firms, Division of Member Services, Research, Career Resource Center, American College of Healthcare Executives
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