What it takes to run a hospital

In its nationwide CEO search, troubled Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is looking for an executive leader who can "emanate a contagious sense of mission, purpose and focus," in addition to a long list of other requirements, HeathLeaders Media reports.

What else does it take to head the large safety-net hospital?

Executive recruiter Korn/Ferry International told HealthLeaders that the best candidate ust have previous experience at an a academic medical center and integrated delivery system. 

Hospital leaders' words and actions larely influence the organization. So Parkland wants a straight-talking leader who can create a culture of accountability, according to the article.

Effective mid-September, Robert L. Smith will take over as interim CEO. He replaces Thomas Royer, who has been the hospital's interim CEO since the board replaced Ron Anderson after Parkland almost lost federal funding due to patient safety violations, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

Other hospitals looking to pick a good executive leader should look for traits that are aligned with changing healthcare trends, such as appreciation for and experience in technology or a long-term view for partnership and collaboration.

Some desired traits can be pretty unusual. In one hospital's search for the perfect leader, Miami's Jackson Health System sought out a brilliant businessman or businesswoman who is a "superb masochist" to run its five hospitals, 10 primary-care centers, two long-term care nursing sites, and other facilities, programs and practices.

To learn more:
- read the HeathLeaders article