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Great Leaders Advocate for Children

Children’s hospitals require leaders who carry all the responsibilties of other healthcare executives and yet also hold a sacred trust to improve healthcare for all children. Leaders of these specialized institutions face demographic, competitive and financial challenges unique to their mission and the times. Among their greatest challenges are treating chronic childhood conditions despite routine under-reimbursement; training the nation’s future pediatricians, and keeping children and family issues front-and-center in health reform.

In our experience, transformative children's hospital leaders are those who excel at, among other things:

• strategic planning
• fundraising
• board, physician, and staff relations
• community relations
• finance
• human resources

Witt/Kieffer brings an in-depth understanding of child health issues – and the distinct needs of these complex organizations – to the search for children’s hospital leaders. Our years of experience working closely with children’s hospital trustees and senior management teams have resulted in a deep appreciation for what these organizations require in exceptional leadership.

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Jim King is chief quality officer, senior partner, & leader of the Children’s Hospitals practice for Witt/Kieffer. Jim brings over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience to the firm. He specializes in identifying C-suite and executive leaders in several areas of health care, including children’s hospitals, academic medical centers, integrated health systems, behavioral health/addiction treatment organizations and health insurance companies.
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