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:

  • Physicians
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Healthcare Executives
  • Physician Leaders
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Higher Education Faculty and University Leadership
  • Advanced Practitioners

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:

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About You

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?
  • Medical Group?
  • Academic Institution?
  • 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.


A Few Recent Placement Successes

Healthcare Providers

SIU School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Cardiology
Assistant Professor of Endocrinology
Springfield, IL

Sentara Medical Group
Orthopedic Surgeon
Harrisonburg, VA

Texas Tech University Health System
El Paso, TX


Springfield Clinic
Director of Clinical Research
Springfield, IL

Infinity Hospice
Executive Director
Reno, NV

Absolute Care
Medical Director
Greenbelt, MD

Absolute Care
National Director of Behavioral Health
Baltimore, MD

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Recent Posts

Exploring Healthcare’s Response to Opioid Addiction in America

The abuse of opioids in the United States is a growing crisis. According to a recent CNN article, experts place the number of Americans who abuse or are addicted to opioids at more than two million. In 2011, the year opioid prescriptions reached their highest peak, oxycodone was the drug most commonly involved in fatal drug overdoses. Since then, due to tighter regulation, the number of prescriptions for opioids has decreased by 29%. As a result, fatal overdoses due to prescription opioids have also decreased. However, there is still a troubling connection between prescription opioid abuse and progression to cheaper and more dangerous street drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that three-quarters of new heroin users started out abusing prescription painkillers. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that illicit opioids, specifically heroin and fentanyl, were the leading causes of overdose deaths between 2012 and 2016. Clearly, healthcare providers need to be mindful of the potential danger of prescription opioids. To that end, the CDC released a guideline for treating patients with chronic pain. In addition to outlining the risks and recommendations for opioid therapy, it strongly encourages physicians to first explore non-opioid treatment options.

Other national healthcare authorities have also acknowledged the gravity of the situation. The Surgeon General recently published a report on the opioid crisis and detailed a 5-point strategy to address the issue. Along with encouraging better practices for pain management, the strategy includes a focus on improving access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services. To help fulfill this goal, more healthcare providers who are trained to understand and effectively treat addiction disorders are needed.

Addiction Medicine is currently a self-designated specialty focused on the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of those struggling with addiction, substance abuse, and related health conditions and requires certification from the American Board of Preventative Medicine (ABPM). A key aspect of attaining Addiction Medicine certification is the ability to prescribe certain restricted narcotics, particularly buprenorphine, for maintenance or detoxification treatments. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), there are only 4400 addiction specialists, far less than the number needed to treat the millions of Americans struggling with addiction. Because addiction disorders affect patients on multiple levels – physically, psychologically, and behaviorally – Addiction Medicine specialists must draw from a variety of skills and disciplines to provide the right treatment. They often need to incorporate internal medicine, mental health counseling, and social work as they diagnose, treat, and care for their patients.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to address opioid abuse. This holistic approach combines the use of FDA-approved medications (methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine), as well as counseling and behavioral therapy to treat patients. Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), physicians who go through the proper training are allowed to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for patients. And in 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) extended the ability to prescribe buprenorphine to trained and waivered nurse practitioners and physician assistants. However, access to specialists, healthcare providers, and counselors who are adequately trained and able to provide medication-assisted treatment varies widely from state to state.

Rural areas, in particular, suffer from a shortage of providers. One analysis found that less than 2% of physicians with buprenorphine waivers were located in small and remote rural counties, which are also the areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis. In response, some states are exploring innovative approaches to combat this issue, as documented by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Vermont developed a successful “Hub and Spoke” model of care, where medication-assisted treatment was implemented in local primary care facilities with the support of regional and embedded expert support staff. The state of New Mexico pioneered a care model known as Project ECHO (Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). In this model, university-based experts utilize televideo tools to educate, consult, and mentor rural providers on treatment approaches for their patients. Another strategy, known as the Massachusetts Model, was created at Boston Medical Center. Nurse care managers (NCMs) play an essential role in this collaborative care model, shouldering much of the patient’s care management, and acting as a liaison between patients and waivered physicians.

In many ways, the nation and the healthcare industry are only now starting to recognize the complexities of opioid dependency, abuse, and addiction. Is your organization staffed with providers who are educated and knowledgeable about perceiving, preventing, and responding to the realities of this public health crisis? If you need assistance finding the right candidates for your organization’s needs, Jordan Search Consultants can help. Give us a call at 866-750-7231 or email us here.

Jordan Search Consultants’ 2018 Year in Review

We’ve seen a lot of change and growth in 2018 – both in the healthcare community and within Jordan Search Consultants. As the year draws to a close, we’re looking back to reflect on the things we’ve learned about the current state of the healthcare industry, how it has affected recruiting, and to highlight all that we’ve been fortunate to contribute to the industry in 2018.

2018 Takeaways

In a continually evolving industry, it’s imperative to pay attention to the implications of the changes. Here are some of the takeaways from 2018:

  • More women than men entered med school this year, continuing a trend that first started in 2017. This will affect recruiting efforts and trends in coming years.
  • Telehealth continues to impact recruitment, and its usage has become more widespread than predicted. While telemedicine can help provide service from afar to isolated populations, as well as assist in patient care collaboration, frustrating tech experiences can negatively affect provider and patient satisfaction. Organizations must be proactive and strategic in their telehealth implementation in order to recruit and retain candidates.
  • Candidates have become more educated about compensation, and this means there is often fewer back-and-forth negotiations during the recruitment process. Organizations have become savvier too, and know they must evaluate their payment structures frequently to recruit and retain top talent.
  • The importance of possessing emotional intelligence (EQ) and leadership qualities continues to rise – not only for healthcare executives but also for those fresh out of training. Administering personality and leadership testing during the screening process is becoming more and more common.
  • As healthcare payment models continue to shift from traditional fee-for-service models toward value-based payments, organizations and providers will be called on to continue to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care. 

2018 Accomplishments

Jordan Search Consultants’ positive work in the healthcare industry is evident in the quality and rate of our placement success, the sought-after thought leadership of Kathy Jordan, our founder and CEO, and the growth of our team.

Successful Placements

Here are just a few highlights from the healthcare provider positions we’ve helped fill in the last year:

  • Psychiatrist at SIU School of Medicine in Illinois
  • Endocrinologist at SIU School of Medicine in Illinois
  • Orthopedic Surgeon at Sentara Medical Group in Virginia
  • Neurologist at Texas Tech University Health System in Texas

We’ve also placed candidates in executive positions throughout the country. Here are just a few examples:

  • Executive Director at Infinity Hospice in Nevada
  • Medical Director at Absolute Care in Maryland
  • National Director of Behavioral Health at Absolute Care in Maryland
  • Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Program Directors at Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas

Thought Leadership

Kathy Jordan, Jordan Search Consultants’ CEO and founder, shared her recruiting expertise through speaking engagements and articles in multiple publications over the past year.

Kathy presented her insights and recommendations on personality testing in physician recruitment as a speaker at conferences across the nation, including:

  • 2018 Annual ASPR Conference in Chicago
  • MGMA Louis Conference in Missouri
  • 2018 New England Regional MGMA Conference in Maine

Kathy also appeared in numerous publications in 2018, including the following:

Team Building

The high level of work we do at Jordan Search Consultants has everything to do with the quality of our people. Over the past year, we expanded our roster with four new team members:

  • Laura Perry, Search Consultant
  • Galen Roberts, Search Consultant
  • Brandon Shockley, Client Development Consultant
  • Katy Clark, Recruitment Assistant

2018 is evidence that the old adage that “the only constant is change” holds true. Jordan Search Consultants is dedicated to monitoring and understanding the implications of change in the healthcare industry – and how it affects recruitment. If you need assistance finding the best candidate for your organization, we’re here to help.  Give us a call at 866-750-7231 or email us.


Work-Life Balance: A New Approach

We’re all familiar with the term “work-life balance.” The desire to achieve this ideal is a popular topic – and ongoing quest – for millions of professionals, especially those in the healthcare industry. Many believe it’s impossible to achieve success in one arena without sacrificing something in the other. But perhaps we need to rethink the way we view this state of being, starting with the term itself.

Redefining Balance

The words “work-life balance” bring to mind distinct analogies. Perhaps we envision it as a see-saw that requires dividing our energy between two opposing platforms? Or a bank of daily activities that should be split evenly into different containers? By looking at “work” as one category and “life” as another, we create a distinct separation between the two. And as a result, this viewpoint can limit our ability to achieve holistic fulfillment. Rather than framing our pursuit for balance in a linear fashion, we can redefine the concept by thinking of it as a sphere, with us at the center. But how do we do that?

Multiply Your Well Being

The idea that life satisfaction affects job satisfaction and vice versa is not a new one. Countless studies on this subject have concluded that the two intermingle to inform our sense of overall well being. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has noted, “The reality is, if I am happy at home, I come into the office with tremendous energy. And if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy.” This phenomenon underscores the impossibility of trying to confine our endeavors to separate corners. Instead, we can focus on giving our best to both our career and our personal life. This requires a mindset of embracing our job with sincerity and conviction and loving our home life with just as much enthusiasm. The result? Better overall well being.

Focus on Being Present

Those in the healthcare industry have an advantage when it comes to embracing their jobs with sincerity and conviction. One study found that over 90% of physicians identify their work as rewarding and believe it makes the world a better place. This mindset offers numerous benefits—being able to give 100% to both our work and our personal life depends on being completely present wherever we are. Rather than feeling guilty about not being at home, or feeling guilty about enjoying time off, we can choose to engage with the people around us fully, wherever we are. This includes our colleagues, coworkers, and patients at work, and our loved ones at home.

Cultivate Relationships

Being fully present and engaged with those around us, and deepening those relationships, takes effort. But investment in others begets deep bonds and feelings of closeness. The results of relational commitment will also extend to the projects and work we share with others. This is especially true for leaders, whose mindset and emotions set the tone for their teams. The conclusion of one wide-ranging study determined that “to be fully engaged, people need vision, meaning, purpose, and resonant relationships.”

Shall We Strive for Holistic Wellness?

While we may need to curate our list of responsibilities or the time we choose to devote to specific tasks, our personal and professional life experiences shouldn’t be considered opposite and unrelated entities. Instead, we can strive to maximize them both by being fully present and engaged, no matter what the activity is or who we’re with. This outlook can be the key to achieving a state of holistic wellness that benefits us as individuals, as well as the people around us. There is no balance, and there is no “work” and “life”; we all have one life that encompasses personal and professional responsibilities. It is up to us to live it to the fullest.

If your organization needs help recruiting providers who are committed to cultivating superior patient care and resonant relationships, contact Jordan Search Consultants at 866-750-7231 or email us. We understand the importance of building teams that are supportive and engaged, so that everyone – from providers to patients – benefit.

Meet Our Team

  • Kathy Jordan
    Kathy Jordan
    Founder and CEO
  • Kristin Koppen
    Kristin Koppen
    Vice President of Executive Search
  • DJ Larson
    DJ Larson
    Director of Client Development
  • Matt Jordan
    Matt Jordan
    Senior Search Consultant
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
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.
Irene Heinemeier, FACMPE, Chief Operating Officer, Urology Nevada, Reno, NV
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

TIPAAA Annual National Meeting
March 21-23, 2019
2019, Orlando, FL (Speaker)
AMGA Annual Conference
March 27-30, 2019
National Harbor, MD
2019 ASPR Annual Conference
April 6-10, 2019
Orlando, FL (Speaker)
Indiana MGMA 2019 Annual Conference
July 17-19, 2019
French Lick, IN (Speaker)

White Papers


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



Kathy Jordan
Founder and CEO

Kathy Jordan, Jordan Search Consultants

Kathy Jordan is the founder and CEO of Jordan Search Consultants, a search firm providing innovative healthcare, executive, and higher education recruitment solutions to clients throughout the nation. She leads the JSC team as they customize strategic recruitment solutions for healthcare organizations across the nation. By partnering with clients to develop recruitment models designed to meet their goals, Jordan Search Consultants reduces time-to-hire, increases retention rates, and reduces recruitment costs.

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. A recognized thought leader, she is frequently asked to share insights and expertise on executive recruitment, team development, personality testing, cultural fit, and multigenerational workforces. Kathy has spoken on these topics, as well as population health and rural healthcare recruitment, at healthcare leadership conferences across the nation, including Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR), and The IPA Association of America (TIPAAA). She has also been published in national publications including Medical News, Executive Insight, MGMA Connection, Becker’s Hospital Review, AMGA Group Practice Journal, and more.

As a member of the National Association of Physician Recruiters, Kathy has served on the Ethics Committee and is passionate about maintaining the integrity of the recruitment industry. She is also an active member of the Medical Group Management Association and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. When Kathy is not absorbed in solving client recruitment challenges, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the community, and mentoring young women in personal and business growth and development.

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Kristin Koppen
Vice President of Executive Search

Kristin KoppenFor 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.

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DJ Larson
Director of Client Development

DJ LarsonDJ Larson is the Director of Client Development at Jordan Search Consultants. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the needs of current clients are met and developing new healthcare client relationships. In addition, DJ will work with Jordan Search Consultants’ leadership team to concept and launch additional service lines to more comprehensively serve clients. He finds satisfaction in uncovering what makes a client organization unique—and translating this to a competitive advantage.

Prior to joining Jordan, DJ worked in executive sales positions at both Covidien Healthcare and Johnson and Johnson. In 2012, he assumed the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lehan Drugs, Inc. and produced more than 100% sales growth for four consecutive years.

DJ received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. He is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. When he is not working, DJ enjoys biking, golfing, and spending time with his wife and three children. He also loves to build his unique sock collection—you’ll never find him in black or brown dress socks!

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Matt Jordan
Senior Search Consultant

Matt JordanAs the Senior Search Consultant with Jordan Search Consultants, Matt Jordan conducts and manages search assignments nationwide beginning with in-depth, on-site analyses that involve consultations with healthcare executives and physicians to determine recruitment goals and challenges. With more than a decade of experience in recruiting, account management, and client service, Matt combines knowledge and expertise to develop creative solutions to fill client recruitment projects. A strong, consistent, and clear communicator, Matt is adept at strengthening client relationships at all levels of an organization.

Matt graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Communications, and is an active member of the National Association of Physician Recruiters. When he is not assessing the culture of an organization or meeting with clients and prospects, Matt enjoys practicing Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, snowboarding, and reading.

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