The individual who was ultimately selected for the role was a Principal of a healthcare practice for a private architectural firm that ranks in the top five in terms of healthcare design. The professional has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare planning, design, and construction across the East Coast, and had even worked with our client on select projects in the past.
She was selected for her technical expertise, as well as her cultural fit. She was considered unique in that she had a similarly engaging and outward personality of the incumbent. It was evident that her natural leadership abilities would show respect for and pay homage to the outgoing Senior Director, while also setting up the department to evolve and change going forward. Lastly, she formed an immediate connection with the SVP to whom she would be reporting.
At the time of developing this case study, the secured candidate is eighteen months into her role with our client, and she has successfully reevaluated the departmental structure, made changes where necessary, positioned staff to leverage their strengths, and integrated herself into the team and organization.
Our client has $1B+ in ongoing projects, both large and small, occurring in the coming years. Therefore, the new Senior Director will also spearhead the planning and design effort on several major projects that will continue to shape the face of the campus. Coming from private practice, she has also taken it upon herself to continue to build strong partnerships with the architectural community. She is championing transparency around capital spending, planning, and project implementation, and advocating how large healthcare systems can avoid challenges on projects by establishing more personal, practical, and honest relationships with third-party project architects and contractors. Due to her impressive background and achievements, she was invited to speak on this topic and her transition from private practice to a large health system at a women’s healthcare event in 2017.
It is truly satisfying to secure a candidate who reflects the same values as our client. Replacing the previous Senior Director who had made significant contributions over 30 years was a challenge. But, finding someone who compliments our client's culture, team, and hospital community was the reward. The successful candidate has put her own signature on the position, bringing new ideas to the table, and setting up the department for a bright future.Tom Dunn, Managing Director - Mid-Atlantic