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.
During this season of thanksgiving, the Jordan Search Consultants team would like to send a message of thanks and appreciation to all those in the healthcare industry who strive every day to help others and improve the world around us. And we encourage you to do the same.
While it can be easy to dwell on the challenges of the current U.S. healthcare system, it is essential that we don’t take it for granted. It is important to remember that both recipients and providers of healthcare have been affected by the substantive changes that are occurring in the industry. New technology, regulations, and evolving patient needs and expectations have fundamentally altered the landscape of healthcare. Transitions aren’t easy, and many of these changes, such as navigating processes and EHRs, have proven wearisome for both patients and providers.
It is our hope that we’ll continue to strive towards a healthcare system that meets the needs of providers in the same way we work on behalf of patients. Appreciated providers translate to providers who stay long-term in positions. This means continuity of care for the population of patients they serve…and when that happens, everyone wins.
In addition to our gratitude for the tireless healthcare providers, we are grateful to be able to share in the ongoing quest to care for those around us. It’s an honor and a privilege to help connect providers to the communities who need it the most. Those who practice medicine in underserved areas provide a desperately needed—and deeply appreciated—service to their neighbors. Recruiting and placing providers in these communities is a profoundly important part of our mission at Jordan Search Consultants—and one of the ways we show our deep gratitude for providers and the industry.
Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and, as a result, the need for physicians specializing in palliative and hospice care is significant. Illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, kidney failure, Parkinson’s, and ALS affect more than 40% of Americans. While hospice care and palliative care share similarities – in particular pain management – hospice care is reserved for patients with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live. Palliative care, on the other hand, aims to improve the quality of life for patients who are living with a serious illness on an ongoing basis. Beyond recommending treatment to help alleviate pain and other physical symptoms, palliative care physicians also provide holistic support for patients and their families.
Addressing the Looming Need
Formally recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2006, the Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) specialty is relatively new. Currently there are 325 fellows in training annually. However, to keep up with expected demand, in particular the future needs of the Baby Boomer generation, that number must increase to 500–600 fellows per year over the next twelve years. Schools, healthcare organizations, and recruiters need to be aware of and champion this specialty – and attract physicians who will excel in it – now.
It is essential that schools focus on increasing the number of physicians who are aware of and choose to specialize in palliative care at the start of their careers. Many medical students are unaware of the existence or importance of this specialty. But those who have practical exposure to hospice and palliative care glean valuable lessons about life, death, and healing that can’t be taught in the classroom.
In addition, healthcare organizations must implement focused recruitment efforts to attract palliative and hospice care specialists. It’s no longer enough to have physicians on staff who are willing to work in these sensitive scenarios. Patients require care from providers with a true HPM mindset.
Characteristics of Effective HPM Physicians
In recent classes of HPM fellows, the majority had prior experience in primary care specialties, particularly internal medicine and family medicine. Primary care, family medicine, and HPM physicians have much in common, including an increased focus on considering mental, emotional, and social factors affecting a patient’s health, as well as substantive knowledge of symptoms and treatments for a wide variety of illnesses.
In addition to wide-ranging expertise, the best hospice and palliative care physicians have the mindset of a team player and are willing to collaborate with the broad spectrum of caregivers involved in a patient’s care. Additionally, the patients themselves can be challenging. Beyond difficult physical symptoms, there might also be complications of mental illness, complex family dynamics, or damaging coping mechanisms at play. The best HPM physicians are authentic, highly perceptive individuals who are able to build strong relationships with their patients and act as compassionate advocates for them.
The need for more providers focused on hospice and palliative care is already imminent, and this trend will only continue to increase. Is your organization prepared to meet the demand? At Jordan Search Consultants, we focus on finding the best candidates for the needs of your organization both now and into the future.
For recruiting assistance, give Jordan Search Consultants a call at 866-750-7231 or email us.
This year, National Healthcare Quality Week takes place from October 21 – 27 and focuses on recognizing the personnel and providers tasked with measuring and improving the quality of care provided to patients.
Why is this a week worth recognizing? Within the past decade, the healthcare industry’s focus has shifted to quality improvement (QI) which consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the health status of targeted patient groups. In other words, there is a direct correlation between the level of improved health services and the desired health outcomes of individuals and populations. It’s up to all of us in the industry to do our part in achieving population health—including recruitment and HR professionals.
What is recruitment’s role in healthcare quality?
Modern healthcare quality improvement relies heavily on both technology and people. Technology tools such as electronic health records (EHRs) are used to gather and store data, but human analysis is required to give that information meaning. Collecting, organizing, and analyzing data to determine best practices has created an entirely new set of careers within the healthcare industry. Experts are only beginning to realize how to use technology to increase—instead of replace—patient/provider connections. It’s up to us to connect these experts with the right organizations in which they can innovate and make impactful changes.
The patient/provider connection is increasingly important as it directly impacts patient satisfaction scores. Studies have shown that patient-centered care, where individuals (and their families) partner with providers and are active participants in managing their health, helps lower costs and leads to better patient outcomes. In order to create a trusted partnership between provider and patient, it is necessary for providers to utilize emotional intelligence in addition to their medical knowledge. Physician leaders also need to possess strong interpersonal skills, like empathy and the ability to communicate effectively, because they are tasked with setting the direction of their departments. Effective recruitment strategies are required to find—and retain—physician leaders who can model, champion, and promote the right techniques to ensure that providers on their team are able to achieve this high level of care.
To champion the integration of technology (without the loss of relationships), the expanded skillsets of providers, and the healthcare quality movement, several C-level positions in the healthcare industry have been created. Within the past several years, Jordan Search Consultants has been called to recruit for titles that didn’t exist 10 or 20 years ago! Examples include Chief Quality Officer (CQO), Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), and Chief Learning Officer (CLO). In general, CQOs oversee the creation and maintenance of quality management and improvement processes; CMIOs ensure IT is used correctly and effectively in an organization; and CLOs are responsible for creating training, education, and development programs for staff. It is common for the roles and responsibilities among these C-suite positions to overlap. Teamwork, communication, and sharing of information among executive leaders – and among providers – is crucial for successful healthcare quality improvement programs. And these quality improvement programs, in turn, inform the success and sustainability of healthcare organizations.
At Jordan Search Consultants, we understand the importance of soft skills and cultural fit, especially in light of the evolving priorities of healthcare quality improvement. Our thorough recruitment process yields detailed pictures of candidates that go much deeper than a paper profile. Need help finding the right person for your healthcare organization? Contact us at 866-750-7231 or email us here.
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.
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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, 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.
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.
DJ 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!
As 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.