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Got What It Takes to Run a Safety Net Hospital?



Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas is a critically important health system in need of a uniquely qualified leader. The 12-page list of requirements created by executive recruiters leaves no room for doubt.



1 comments on "Got What It Takes to Run a Safety Net Hospital?"
Bill Bliss (8/24/2012 at 4:42 PM)

While this article brings up some very good points, including the difficulty of filling this role, given the requirements and "12 pages of position specifications", what is clear is that for the newly hired CEO to succeed, s/he must be focused on the absolute top priorities that have the best opportunity to turn things around. All too often when a newly hired executive takes on the new role, they will fall into the trap of trying to be all things to all people in an effort to "start strong". For success, this CEO must have a clearly focused plan for the first 30, 90,and 180 days that the Board (especially the Board Chair) fully support. In my many years of providing on-boarding or assimilation coaching to newly hired executives, including CEOs, it is critical for the 30, 90 and 180 day plan to be clear, credible, and have the needed impact the organization demands at this point in its history. At the CEO level, it is also hard to get the feedback early on that is so critically needed, unless of course there is a process for that - this is where the on-boarding coach can play a significant role. I only hope that the Board of this hospital will see the value in providing this service, and, with apologies to the search firm, an on-boarding program that is well beyond what is typically provided by the search firm. The investment the hospital is going to make in the CEO is substantial - it stands to reason they want to do all that is possible to ensure successful performance.