Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Hospitals

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will provide administrative leadership and direction to all operations and business entities of the hospitals within the Sutter Health Bay Area operating unit. Assure the quality of care and that cost effective services are provided to the communities within the operating unit. Exercise necessary, appropriate authority and accountability for the administration and long-term planning for the hospitals and other associated health services business units. Provide direction to hospitals in adhering to system-level standards and delivering the One Sutter experience. Maintain effective employee, medical staff and community and Board relations. Promote positive community contacts and relationships. Serve as the administrative liaison between the hospitals, medical staff leadership, Board members, operating unit executives and Sutter Health System leaders. Education: Master's Degree required in Hospital, Healthcare, Business or Public Administration or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Experience: * Expertise in healthcare administration with progressively responsible management experience (as typically acquired during 5-7 years) that includes senior roles in complex multi-facility environments * Executive level experience in a multi-facility/matrix management healthcare system helpful * Proven competence and success in financial operations, new business planning, development, implementation and management; board and physician relations and management development * Solid experience integrating various components and support systems of healthcare into a functional continuum of care * Demonstrated experience (generally 4-6 years) leading staff represented by organized labor unions * Previous experience in healthcare service line management is desired * Experience demonstrating effective/proactive employee relations philosophy required * Demonstrated track record of developing and maintaining working partnerships with physicians Knowledge: * In-depth working knowledge of healthcare administration, operations and departments, with a strong emphasis on and understanding of financial management, strategic planning, physician relations, patient care, quality assessment and improvement, risk management and human resource management * Proven business acumen and entrepreneurial risk-taking ability with proactive attitude and demonstrated creativity in problem solving * Solid working knowledge of applicable laws and operating guidelines * Firm understanding of the trends and issues affecting the healthcare industry, including managed care, clinical integration and quality outcomes * Solid understanding of hospital compliance regulations/laws, federal and state wage and hour laws/regulations The Joint Commission (TJC), CMS and related accreditation standards, California Business & Professions Code as it relates to the professional medical staff, and CA Code of Regulations (Title 22 parameters) * Excellent knowledge of contract administration processes (grievance, arbitration, unfair labor practices), planning for contract bargaining and planning for strikes * Understanding of and experience with Lean or other process improvement philosophies and methodologies desired Skills: * Strong skills in identifying, planning, and executing appropriate and successful health care business strategies to meet changing organizational and community needs, and regulatory requirements * Effective team leader and team member skills, with a bias toward timely and appropriate action * Demonstrated effective organizational performance improvement skills, in-depth working knowledge of integrated healthcare organization and administration, agency standards/compliance, and laws applicable to healthcare operations is necessary * Well-developed skills in problem-identification, persuasion, and negotiation * Demonstrated skills in leadership, conflict identification and resolution, group problem solving and group process as well as organization and prioritization * Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with hospital management, physician providers, nursing, key departments and individuals at all levels inside and outside of Sutter Health * Well-developed and engaging communication skills (written, verbal and presentation/public speaking), including the ability to tailor presentations to a specific audience, and address and interact with large groups * Proven ability explaining complex medical/clinical information and concepts in 'lay' terms * Excellent customer service orientation, with emphasis on continuous quality improvement

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