The University of Kentucky is seeking a dynamic leader to propel UK HealthCare to the next level of advanced medicine, continue to build on our extraordinary growth, and serve as the enterprise-wide Chief Operations Officer (COO). Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, the COO will be responsible for operationalizing UK HealthCare's vision to become one of the nation's best health systems.
The COO oversees the operations for UK HealthCare, the university's academic health system which includes the flagship Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, numerous ambulatory clinics, community partnerships (i.e. Lexington Clinic and Lexington Surgery Center) and any future hospital and provider practices that may be acquired. It is critical for the success of this position to work in a collaborative dyad with the Chief Physician Executive to strategically implement clinical and operational best practices, innovate new support systems throughout the health care enterprise and cultivate multiple types of care under one unified mission. The COO will be the senior operations leader on UKHC's leadership team working with system hospital CEOs, clinical leadership, and other key operational leadership.
The primary responsibilities will include:
Lead UK HealthCare hospital and ambulatory operations including support functions such as information technology, supply chain and facilities management.
Facilitate growth operationally, systematically and with physical space/location.
Implement the strategic plan within the enterprise operations.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of areas of responsibility including meeting financial goals, budget development, and monitoring volume and productivity.
Manage the configuration of clinical services (service lines) across the health system.
Create, enhance and maintain pivotal relationships by collaborating on specific goals for each partner and influencing operational plans for each partnership.
Promote an environment for continuous process improvement as well as financial and operational efficiencies.
Use data and research to develop and implement innovative, thoughtful solutions to optimize business performance while maintaining excellent patient care.
Build a shared sense of accountability across the enterprise and collaborate on the development of incentives and systems that yield and measure optimal performance.
Work with the senior leadership team to support the UK's tripartite mission of excellence in research, education and clinical care.
To apply, please include:
Cover letter summarizing relevant experience in healthcare leadership and administration
This search is being led by UK's internal Executive Search Team. For more information about the position, please contact Mary Beth Bracken at 859-257-3348 or via email at email@example.com. All inquiries will remain confidential. Nominations and applications are invited.
The successful candidate will have a Master's degree and at least 10 years of successful experience at the administrative leadership level (C-suite) in a complex/multiple site healthcare system. The preferred candidate will have strong operational, fiscal, and leadership skills with the ability to grow an organization and deliver results, as well as, the aptitude to operationalize a vision. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:
Ability to motivate and collaborate in a team environment with diverse groups of leaders to accomplish the goals and objectives of the system.
A track record of developing and building operation systems of accountability and metric driven decision making.
Strategic orientation with a broad understanding of emerging health care issues, regional and national trends and regulatory changes that impact academic medicine.
Comfortable with and able to work well in ambiguous and matrixed environments with a clear history of success in building and maintaining strategic collaborations.
Commitment to the missions of teaching, research, service and creating and sustaining high-quality healthcare delivery.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
No set minimum requirements.
Required Related Experience:
No set minimum requirements.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
A Master's degree and at least 10 years of successful experience at the administrative leadership level (C-suite) in a complex/multiple site healthcare system.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.