Jordan Search Consultants is a St. Louis-based healthcare, executive, and higher education search firm serving clients nationwide. Our executive search specialists and healthcare recruitment experts have almost a century of combined experience in the industry. We partner with client organizations throughout the U.S. to fill the following positions:
Higher Education Faculty and University Leadership
Jordan Search Consultants provides the best recruitment services to both clients and candidates by building dynamic and effective teams in a variety of settings. We achieve this through:
Is your organization seeking access to top talent?
Does your organization want to enhance retention rates?
Is maximizing recruitment effectiveness a priority?
Do you seek candidates who fit your organization’s unique corporate culture?
Is your organization a:
Integrated Health System/Hospital?
IPA, ACO, HMO, Health Plan?
Nonprofit (Hospice, FQHC, Community Health Center)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place. When you partner with Jordan Search Consultants, our expert consultants become a part of your recruitment team. And, our ability to customize recruitment solutions to fit your evolving staffing needs provides you with a distinct competitive advantage.
When you think about healthcare recruitment, you think about innovative firms like Jordan Search Consultants that focus on understanding the client’s unique needs and culture to create enduring matches between healthcare organizations and providers. In 2017, we acquired Health Search New England (HSNE), partly because their matchmaking styles are so similar to ours. There is one big differentiator, though: because HSNE serves healthcare organizations in New England only, they focus on getting to know the candidates first and foremost.
Upon the launch of HSNE’s new website, we talked to Vice President Celena Knapp about exactly what this means—and how both healthcare providers and organizations benefit.
Why is Health Search New England candidate, as opposed to client, focused?
It just makes sense when you are a region-specific recruitment firm. I know, and have excellent relationships with, the hospitals and healthcare organizations in New England. Where I need to innovate—in order to best serve these clients—is in drawing in and creating relationships with qualified candidates. With a regionally-focused firm, it makes better business sense to allocate resources to attracting top-tier candidates to a region.
In some ways, it seems as if you are an ambassador for the New England region…how does this contribute to HSNE’s success?
I’ve lived in New England my entire life; I know the pros and cons and am forthcoming about the realities of living and working here. To attract healthcare providers who have even the slightest interest in relocating here, I have to be knowledgeable about the areas and everything unique this region has to offer. This region-specific knowledge helps me sort the candidates who are invested and will be happy long-term here from those that just have good memories of vacationing on Cape Cod as a child. This helps my clients because I’m providing candidates who want to stay in the communities, thereby reducing turnover rates.
How do you describe what you do to healthcare providers?
I’m a match maker. I really get to know the candidates…not just inquiring about their professional goals and ambitions, but also about their personal lives. I want to make sure their interests line up with what New England, as a region, has to offer. I want to make sure their spouses or partners will be happy here…that their kids can thrive. Developing such relationships with candidates benefits my client organizations and the candidates themselves.
While JSC deeply vets candidates, they are also invested in attracting client organizations and learning clients’ organizational needs and culture. Your business model is a bit of the reverse, yet this was an exciting and positive merger. Can you expand on that?
JSC serves clients nationwide; HSNE serves clients only in New England. Because the HSNE team has been working in this area for more than three decades, we’ve done (and continue to do) the culture evaluations with healthcare organizations. By concentrating on attracting great healthcare providers to become engaged with HSNE –whether they are actively looking or curious about the area—I am better able to serve New England’s healthcare organizations.
What do the healthcare organizations with which you work like about your approach?
They love that I bring them candidates who are not only extremely qualified, but candidates that are committed. By the time I bring a candidate to an organization, I know that they want to be in New England long-term. And, with the ever-rising costs of replacing physicians and other healthcare providers, this provides extreme value for the organizations.
What do the candidates with whom you work like about your approach?
They enjoy the fact that I’m always here for them. Whether I’m working with someone who has a few more years of residency to go, but knows she wants to be in New England, or I’m in communication with a physician who is thinking of spending the last 10 years of his career in New England, I’m an honest sounding board and a resource of information for those who are actively or passively looking. There are some candidates with whom I’ve had relationships and conversations for more than five years! I get to know them well and that is why I’m able to only bring to client organizations the best of the best.
If there is a healthcare provider out there who is really interested in moving to New England or just a slight bit curious about the opportunities or lifestyle there, what should they do?
If you are actively looking or curious about the area, I’d love to speak with you. Create a free profile on the website or contact me so we can set up a time to talk.
Kathy Jordan, Recognized as Top Women Business Owner
We are proud to announce that Jordan Search Consultants’ founder and CEO, Kathy Jordan, was selected as one of St. Louis’ Top Women Business Owners of 2018 by Small Business Monthly (SBM).
SBM began honoring Top Women Business Owners 25 years ago to promote the entrepreneurial talents of area women and to encourage more women to become business owners. More than 300 outstanding women have been featured over that time, with approximately 10 chosen each year, and Kathy is proud to be among them.
About Kathy Jordan
Kathy was selected this year because anyone who keeps up with healthcare recruitment industry news has seen her name a lot lately—and for good reason. Under Kathy’s leadership, Jordan Search Consultants has acquired firms on the East and West coasts giving the company a truly national presence. Founding one of the fastest-growing healthcare recruitment companies in the region is only a part of Kathy’s admirable career. In addition to JSC’s recognition as an SBM “Future 50” Company and a finalist for St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards, Kathy has been selected as one of SBM’s top 100 St. Louisans to Know, won the St. Louis Business Journal’s Advancement of Women Award, and was chosen for—and graduated from—the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Program. As a sought-after thought leader in the industry, she has spoken at various healthcare leadership conferences and is frequently published in national publications such as Medical News, Executive Insight, MGMA Connection, Becker’s Hospital Review, and more.
In addition, Kathy is also passionate about the advancement of women. Her commitment to the personal and professional development of women leaders began in college and grew to her helping immigrant women from underserved countries more than a decade ago. She now passes those ideals on to her employees as a mentor; about 75 percent of her workforce is female, and all of the women in leadership roles at JSC have been promoted from within.
SBM will be holding a luncheon where all of the top women business owners (the newest class and alumni class) will be honored on February 21, 2018 at the Hilton Frontenac Hotel from 11am-1pm.
The House of Representatives recently proposed a sweeping overhaul of a federal law that governs almost every aspect of higher education, a plan that would eliminate some popular student aid programs and impose restrictions on others.
All debt-ridden students could be affected by this legislation, but particularly those entering the medical fields who have accumulated more loans than the average student. A full 75 percent of the medical school graduates in the Class of 2017 held an average $190,694 in total student loan debt, according to the latest survey data from AAMC. To top it off, interest rates on that debt hover between 5 and 7 percent.
While the legislation seeks to make colleges and universities more responsive to the needs of employers and reduce taxpayers’ stake in the financing of education, the changes will likely drive students away from specialties that pay less (such as primary care and psychiatry)—specialties that are already in decline. Even worse, the changes may drive some students away from the medical field entirely.
In other words, the physician shortage could very well become even more dire than expected.
What does this mean for healthcare organizations? Increased competition for qualified individuals. With the potential of a smaller pool of candidates than ever, it’s imperative to have tactful recruitment strategies in place now, before it becomes too late.
Is your organization ready? As you prepare for the future, consider completing this checklist to determine your readiness to recruit. If you have questions regarding the checklist or need information regarding compensation, recruitment incentives, or physician-to-population ratios, don’t hesitate to reach out. Jordan Search Consultants offers free recruitment assessments, and we would be happy to provide direction during this uncertain time.
Jordan Search Consultants provides superior professionalism and diplomacy in tackling difficult executive and physician searches. Knowing that you have experts working on your behalf in such a dynamic industry is very reassuring.
Les Jebson, Administrator, Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
We are able to attract good people who in turn do good work that gets recognized. Jordan Search Consultants has been essential to this, and I believe we have a relationship that is built on more than business. JSC knows who we are and, because of that, we trust their judgement.
Kevin Dorsey, MD, Dean and Provost (2001-2015), Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Our mission is to build quality teams that have an impact on the communities they serve for our client organizations. We do this by providing professional, responsive and collaborative service to ensure the best possible recruitment outcomes.
Kathy Jordan, President, Jordan Search Consultants
After talking with several leading recruitment firms about growing our medical group by 50%, Jordan Search Consultants was the only one to truly listen, understand our unique needs, and develop an effective solution. Together, we were able to not only recruit 24 providers within 6 months, but also to significantly reduce our recruiting costs. Their ability to adjust staffing, specialty focus, and monthly pricing allowed us the flexibility we needed to meet our ever-changing needs. Having a reliable recruiting partner has allowed our health system to reach strategic goals far ahead of schedule.
William Kohut, Former Provider Recruitment Director, Southwest Washington Medical Center, Vancouver, WA
After trying unsuccessfully with three other recruiting firms for several years to fill a specific practice position, Jordan Search Consultants was recommended to us. From the outset, it was clear that we had found a recruiter who could perform. Almost immediately we had not one, but two highly-qualified, viable candidates. JSC’s ability to represent us professionally and clearly define our opportunity to prospective candidates was a critical factor in the successful recruitment. I recommend Jordan Search Consultants to any organization looking for a reliable recruitment partner to assist them in maintaining a competitive edge.
Bradley Houser, Administrator, St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute, Tarpon Springs, FL
I’ve worked with Regina Levison and Jordan Search Consultants first in a hospital setting and then in my current IPA position. We needed physician recruitment assistance that would be affordable for our group practices and they developed a cost-effective candidate sourcing solution that serves our member groups well. The candidates they find are very qualified and motivated to consider the opportunities our groups have to offer. Jordan Search Consultants really embraces a pay-it-forward attitude. They win when you win. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Scott Kronlund, MD Chief Medical Officer, Northwest Physicians Network IPA, Tacoma, WA
Our experience with Jordan Search Consultants has been very positive with A+ results. We have very specific, specialized positions and we needed to partner with a firm that not only understood the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry but also our unique business model. JSC has surpassed our expectations and met the challenge to identify quality candidates that matched our specified criteria. Meeting our strategic goals is critical and they operated with a sense of urgency and persistence while at the same time consulting with us regarding industry trends and expectations. If you are looking for an executive search firm to assist with your critical searches and represent you in a professional manner, I highly recommend Jordan Search Consultants.
Vice President, Human Resources, Leading National Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Organization
The candidate sourcing concept was new to our group and generated great candidates. The search consultant from Jordan Search who managed our project was readily available and we received monthly updates on the status of the search. Candidate sourcing has been very helpful since none of our physicians or staff have the time to do this the way it should be done.
Ms. Levison was qualified by the court as an expert physician and executive recruiter without objection. She established an instant rapport with the jury. Her testimony was convincing and virtually unchallenged.
Eugene Lee, Law Offices of Eugene Lee, Los Angeles, CA
Matt Jordan was honest and easy to work with; I would definitely consider a candidate from Jordan Search Consultants’ Career Placement Solutions in the future.
Tom Leeds, Director, Medical Staff Recruiting, Mercy, Toledo, Ohio
Events & Speaking
August 14-15, 2017
2017 VAHHS Annual Meeting
September 20-22, 2017
Jay Peak Resort, VT
Medical Group Management Association 2017 Annual Conference
October 8-11, 2017
2017 AAMC National Conference
November 3-7, 2017
How to Define Your Organization’s Culture to Attract and Retain Top Talent
Recruiting and Retaining Multigenerational Healthcare Professionals
The Physician Leader: What Physicians and Organizations Need to Know in the Era of Population Health
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Founder and CEO
Kathy Jordan is the founder and president of Jordan Search Consultants, a search firm providing innovative healthcare, executive, and higher education recruitment solutions to clients throughout the nation. With almost three decades of professional recruiting experience, Kathy has a thorough understanding of the changing dynamics in the healthcare and higher education industries and has gained a national reputation for her unique recruitment and retention initiatives. Her ability to quickly assess an organization’s corporate culture and the professional and personal goals of each candidate produces bottom-line benefits for clients. By partnering with hospitals, medical groups, academic institutions, and healthcare organizations to develop recruitment models designed to meet their goals, Kathy has effectively helped clients reduce time-to-hire, increase retention rates, and reduce recruitment costs.
Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. She has completed multiple hours towards a graduate degree in professional counseling and is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, American College of Medical Practice Executives, the National Association of Physician Recruiters, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. As a member of the National Association of Physician Recruiters, Kathy has served on the Ethics Committee, further demonstrating her passion for maintaining the integrity of the staffing industry. When she is not absorbed in solving client recruitment challenges, as a life-long St. Louis resident, Kathy loves enjoying the amenities of the city. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and mentoring young women in personal and business growth and development.
Regina Levison was the founder and president of Levison Search Associates, a California-based physician and healthcare executive search firm, for more than three decades; her firm merged with Jordan Search Consultants in 2014. Regina harnesses her in-depth knowledge and experience to develop recruitment solutions that improve revenue, quality, and retention for healthcare organizations nationwide. Frequently interviewed by the media as an established thought leader in physician recruitment, Regina has been asked to speak about healthcare staffing nationally.
With expertise in forensic job search, job search assessment, compensation, benefits, and recruitment incentives, Regina is one of few recognized Expert Witnesses in the provider recruitment industry; she regularly provides her opinion in the areas of wrongful termination, spousal support, unfair business practices, slander, loss of privileges, and more.
Regina graduated from California State University in Sacramento, CA, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Before founding Levison Search Associates, she held various leadership positions at search firms in San Francisco. In 1995, Regina co-founded the Society of Professionals in Healthcare, an organization that merged four healthcare professional associations dedicated to education and professional growth for executives and physicians committed to positioning their organizations for the future. She is an active member of the American Association of Integrated Healthcare Delivery, The IPA Association of America, the Medical Group Management Association, rural health associations, advanced practitioner and technologist associations, and professional groups for recruitment and staffing.
When she is not devising solutions to client recruitment challenges, Regina enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, history, movies, and an exceptional glass of wine.
For almost four decades, Kristin Koppen has been at the forefront of the recruiting industry. After an almost two-decade career in Human Resources at two major Fortune 100 companies, Kristin founded her own recruiting firm, The Koppen Group, in 1993. In 2012, after 20 years as President of The Koppen Group, she joined forces with Jordan Search Consultants. As the Director of Executive Search at Jordan Search Consultants, Kristin combines her extensive background in working with corporate and higher education clients with the ability to implement broad-based and customized executive search and recruitment strategies to meet client needs.
Kristin received Bachelor’s degrees in both French and History from William Woods College in Fulton, MO, and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She enjoys keeping abreast of the ever-changing higher education recruitment landscape and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President, Health Search New England, a division of Jordan Search Consultants
As the Vice President of Jordan Search Consultants’ newest division, Celena Knapp leads all healthcare recruitment efforts in the New England area. Prior to joining JSC, Celena was the President of Health Search New England.
Well-versed in the art and science of recruiting health care providers to the New England area, she uses her creative thought processes to design unique candidate sourcing and position marketing campaigns. Celena brings a unique perspective to recruitment challenges and the JSC leadership team.
Celena joined Health Search New England in 2005 and, through her tenure as office manager, recruiter, and then President, honed her recruitment acumen. She is laser-focused on industry developments and trends, reducing time-to-fill, and recruiting for retention.
Celena received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History from the University of Maine. She is an accomplished photographer and sculptor. When she is not recruiting, Celena enjoys renovation projects and spending time with her two sons. She serves as the chair of her children’s Parent Teacher Organization and volunteers with Innovative Bangor.