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

University of Colorado
Internal Medicine Physician
Denver, CO

Rainbow Hospice
Lead Palliative Medicine Physician
Mount Prospect, IL

Marin General Hospital
Physician Assistant – Surgical
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

SIU School of Medicine
Family Medicine Physician
Springfield, IL


Rainbow Hospice
Associate Medical Director
Mount Prospect, IL

SIU School of Medicine
Chair Department of Psychiatry
Director of Neuro-oncology
Chief of Orthopedics
Springfield, IL

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Recent Posts

How a DACA Repeal Could Impact Healthcare Recruitment

The DACA Repeal and How it Affects Healthcare Recruitment

After Trump announced his decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges have been urging Congress to pass a solution to keep DACA individuals in the country. Why? As the AMA’s Chief Executive Officer pointed out in a letter to Congressional leaders, “this reversal in policy could have severe consequences for many in the healthcare workforce, impacting patients and our nation’s healthcare system.”

According to the AMA, one out of every four physicians practicing in the U.S. is an international medical graduate and these include many with DACA status who are filling gaps in care. In addition, there were 113 students with DACA status who applied to U.S. medical schools and 65 “Dreamers” enrolled for the 2016-2017 school year. While significant, these figures are expected to be even higher for the 2017-2018 school year considering most confirmed recipients are still completing their undergraduate degrees. Plus, in the coming decades, AMA figures suggest that DACA protections could qualify as many as 5,400 previously ineligible people to join the U.S. physician workforce.

What Does this Mean for Future Physicians?

Ending DACA would severely limit the number of physicians entering our workforce at a time when the U.S. is already experiencing a physician shortage—one that is expected to balloon to between 40,800 and 104,900 physicians by 2030 (and those figures were calculated prior to the announcement of the DACA repeal).

Removing those with DACA status will particularly worsen care shortages for organizations in rural and other underserved areas. DACA physicians are more likely to work in high-need areas where communities face challenges in recruiting other physicians. They tend to be bilingual and come from more diverse cultural backgrounds which help them better understand the challenges that face certain ethnic communities.

Considering this looming threat, it is important to understand and analyze how the legislation could impact healthcare organizations particularly in relation to recruitment. 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.




Is Emotional Intelligence the Key to Strong Healthcare Leaders?

We’re all familiar with the term IQ, but at this year’s MGMA Annual Conference, the focus was on a different idea—EQ or emotional intelligence. The Jordan Search Consultants’ leadership team attended this conference and heard from Shelly Waggoner, MS, CEBS, SHRM-SCP on the topic. Waggoner explained that emotional intelligence is made up of 4 core skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Acknowledging these behaviors can make the healthcare industry smarter—and recruiting efforts more meaningful.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

EQ is a set of behavioral abilities that impact work performance. This idea began in the 1930s when psychological research supported a connection between “social intelligence” and work productivity.

EQ’s connection to Healthcare

Although the term EQ has existed since 1930, emotional intelligence practices are just now finding their way into healthcare. Not surprisingly, the recent focus on this type of intelligence corresponds with the push for enhanced patient-centered care. In fact, it is proven that EQ leads to higher patient satisfaction and improved clinical performance. After all, healthcare is not only medical, but also highly emotional.

EQ is especially relevant when it comes to identifying strong physician leadership, which is critical for organizations in today’s healthcare environment. According to the American Board of Physician Specialties, “All doctors are intelligent, but it takes more than an impressive IQ to be a good leader. Emotional IQ, empathy, and the ability to build consensus are highly valued traits that can reveal someone’s leadership potential.”

Measuring EQ in Healthcare

There is no doubt that recruitment is the best time to introduce EQ measurement. One of the primary tools available to help identify levels of EQ is personality testing. The topic of personality testing in healthcare is a highly debated one due to the long-held belief that physicians require a broader, knowledge-based set of skills that are more important than an individual’s particular personality. But with healthcare employers facing increased hiring pressure due to physician shortages, the high cost of health professional turnover, and the focus on population health, more and more organizations are examining the value of integrating personality assessments into the recruitment process.

The key question organizations are asking: Is there a measurable benefit to personality testing in physician recruitment and development? If so, how can organizations successfully leverage the available resources and implement personality testing processes into their organization to cut turnover costs and more strategically plan for the future?

If you’re interested in exploring the answers to these questions specific to your organization, Jordan Search Consultants is here to help. Contact for more information.

What Makes the Jordan Search Model Unique?

When healthcare organizations come to Jordan Search Consultants for recruitment solutions, one of the first questions they ask is if we operate under a retained or contingency model. Considering these are the two most highly-publicized search models, they are often surprised when our answer is, “it is not that simple.” After all, recruitment must be customized; one size does not fit all.

Increasingly, research supports that a flexible partnership between an organization and a search firm provides the most competitive advantages. That’s why we collaborate with our clients to customize a service offering that works with your internal resources to further your recruitment goals. We believe that delivering and retaining top talent doesn’t fit into recruitment model boxes. The methodology differs based on the position, the organization, internal resources, and more.

Next, organizations want certainty. Specifically, they ask about a placement guarantee.

There is never a “guarantee” of placement because successful recruitment is dependent on a myriad of factors, especially in the ever-changing healthcare environment. Jordan Search Consultants is proud of our 99.3% placement rate. And, we are so confident in our behavioral interviewing techniques that if your recruited employee leaves after less than a year of working for your organization, we’ll conduct a search to replace them at no cost.

You see, what makes the Jordan Search model unique is that we’re dedicated to more than position fulfillment. We know that strategic recruitment directly affects your organization’s revenue, reputation, and retention rate of staff—and that a function so critical to organizational success cannot be left to chance. That’s why our primary goal is to optimize the process and positively impact your bottom line.

How do we do it? We’re glad you asked.

The Jordan Search Model

For each recruitment project, JSC will provide some or all of the following services as deemed appropriate for the identified search:


  1. Interview key decision makers to determine candidate search criteria
  2. Assess organization’s corporate culture
  3. Identify potential challenges to recruitment and brainstorm potential solutions


  1. Analyze market for trends specific to industry and position
  2. Create comprehensive, customized, proactive recruitment plan


  1. Implement candidate sourcing initiatives
  2. Network with associations and industry leaders to mine active and passive candidate pools
  3. Identify qualified candidates meeting client-identified criteria
  4. Utilize behavioral interviewing techniques to vet candidates

Ongoing Communications  

  1. Maintain consistent communication to keep all parties informed of search status
  2. Act as consultant/advisor throughout process RESULTS
  3. Present top-tier candidates via verbal and written presentation
  4. Verify credentials, conduct in-depth reference checks on interviewing candidates
  5. Assist with interview preparation and candidate evaluation throughout process


  1. Following placement, provide reports as requested to meet organizational requirements
  2. Conduct strategic follow-ups with candidate and client to ensure retention

Interested in learning more about Jordan Search Consultants’ innovative healthcare and academic recruitment solutions? We would love to hear from you. Call 866.750.7231 or email


Meet Our Team

  • Kathy Jordan
    Kathy Jordan
    Founder and CEO
  • Regina Levison
    Regina Levison
    Vice President of Client Development
  • Kristin Koppen
    Kristin Koppen
    Vice President of Executive Search
  • Sheila Bixler
    Sheila Bixler
    Vice President of Client Services
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.
Irene Heinemeier, FACMPE, Chief Operating Officer, Urology Nevada, Reno, NV
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
Chicago, IL
2017 VAHHS Annual Meeting
September 20-22, 2017
Jay Peak Resort, VT
Medical Group Management Association 2017 Annual Conference
October 8-11, 2017
Anaheim, CA
2017 AAMC National Conference
November 3-7, 2017
Boston, MA

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 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
Vice President of Client 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.



Kristin Koppen
Vice President of Executive Search

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.



Sheila Bixler
Vice President of Client Services

As the Vice President of Client Services at Jordan Search Consultants, Sheila Bixler manages search assignments, analyzes recruitment needs, and develops strategies that reduce time-to-fill and enhance retention rates for clients. Sheila’s nearly two decades of healthcare industry experience has been the impetus for several new search service lines and innovative sourcing strategies to better serve clients. In fact, Sheila designs Jordan Search Consultants’ candidate sourcing services for the company’s physician, physical therapist, pharmacist, and advanced practitioner search offerings. Clients benefit from Sheila’s tenacity and her ability to uncover both active and passive candidates to effectively fill staffing needs. She is adept at customizing recruitment solutions to best meet client goals.

Sheila received a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. When she is not directing search efforts, Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband and children, biking, swimming, and reading.