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Committed to Recruiting Leaders for Faith-Based and Catholic Healthcare

Witt/Kieffer has a long history of serving Catholic-sponsored hospitals and health systems as well as other faith-based and charitable organizations nationwide. In recruiting visionary leaders for these clients, we strive to reflect each organization’s unique mission and values.

In the last ten years, Witt/Kieffer has recruited more than 115 Presidents and/or CEOs and more than 650 executive searches total for large national and multi-regional faith-based systems as well as community hospitals, continuum-of-care facilities and not-for-profit groups. We are also proud to have supported the Catholic Health Association and other faith-based and charitable organizations through the years. Our clients with spiritual foundations look to Witt/Kieffer consultants to transcend functional/experience-based recruitment by evaluating leaders for culture fit and values alignment. Witt/Kieffer consultants bring this level of engagement to each search, understanding that earning the trust of clients and candidates is essential to a successful recruitment.

We are the only leading search firm that dedicated solely to serving organizations that improve quality of life. That focus and our deep understanding of Catholic and other faith-based healthcare are instrumental in finding leaders who bring alive their vision to provide compassionate care for patients and communities, and especially for the poor and underserved.

Thought Leadership

The Evolving Role of the Healthcare Chief Mission Officer
Values-Based Healthcare Leadership Selection
What Makes Catholic Healthcare Leadership Special


Donna Padilla, a managing partner and leader of Witt/Kieffer's Healthcare practice, is based at the firm’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL. She joined Witt/Kieffer in 1999 and has participated in nearly 500 healthcare executive search assignments, including successful searches that led to the placement of CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CNOs and other senior leaders.
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