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Chief Medical Officer

Phoenix, AZ, USA | Banner Health

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Biotech/R&D/Science
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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This position has overall responsibility for providing leadership, direction, and administration of medical management, as well as the integration, coordination, and improvement of clinical care and patient safety for designated healthcare operations. This position is an essential leadership role responsible for guiding the development and implementation of medical policies, practices, and clinical programs system wide. This position, along with its team members, is responsible for driving, supporting and modeling a service-oriented culture focused on employee engagement, quality, patient safety, service excellence, fiscal responsibility, and the overall patient experience. Serves as a member of the executive leadership team for designated healthcare operations, building and supporting effective collegial relationships with applicable internal and external constituents and stakeholders and ensuring optimal operating effectiveness and strategic positioning.


Essential Functions


Promotes concepts and practice of quality improvement. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with physician and provider stakeholders. Participates in review of qualifications, credentials, performance, and professional competence and character of physician and provider stakeholders. May participate in medical staff professional review process and physician recruitment.


Works within the appropriate leadership model to establish, monitor and improve aggregate clinical outcomes. Actively participates in or leads care management activities to improve patient safety, provide patient-centered, appropriate and timely care, reduce inappropriate variation, implement evidence-based standards, enhance efficiency and throughput, and evaluate innovative clinical methods and opportunities. Works with other leaders to assess and improve the professional practice of independent, contracted, and employed medical providers.


Participates in coordination of patient and family disclosure of untoward events. Participates in patient grievance process as needed.


Provides leadership, supervision, guidance and development for staff, articulating and demonstrating an expectation for continuous quality improvement, as well as continually supporting and exhibiting company values and service standards. Identifies and provides growth opportunities for staff. Provides clinical oversight for quality issues and programs by participating in the clinical oversight body. This body reviews and approves quality improvement projects, provides clinical guidance where needed and grants authority to the Clinical Management Team and the Quality Council.


Strategizes and drives process improvements focused on innovative care delivery and/or operational models designed to improve clinical services, outcomes, patient throughput, and patient safety. Promotes a patient-centered, healing environment. Promotes the use and implementation of technology in the workplace in order to streamline operations, facilitate communications, and optimize work processes.


Ensures and fosters a high level of collaboration within a highly matrixed team environment in order to coordinate activities, review work, exchange information, and resolve problems. Champions, models, and promotes service excellence philosophies and behaviors at the facility, regional, and system levels to enhance the overall patient experience.


Functions as an integral member of the designated healthcare operations and system leadership teams, serving in an advisory capacity to applicable staff. In collaboration with leadership team members, directs and provides oversight regarding the strategic development, implementation, and maintenance of strong, comprehensive clinical and/or operational services and programs that meet system-wide organizational growth initiatives and the needs of patient populations in the community. Fosters the development and implementation of workforce initiatives effectively. Leads and influences change at the local, regional, and system levels.


Along with other members of the leadership team, promotes financial stewardship and clinical excellence for the designated healthcare operations in both operational and capital acquisition processes, as needed. Allocates financial, information, and human capital for improvement activities, ensuring the efficient delivery of cost effective services to patients, physicians, and hospital departments. Establishes performance measures, assesses and evaluates operations, and works with department management to assure efficient and effective delivery of services.


Minimum Qualifications


Medical Doctorate or Doctor of Osteopathy Degree required with Board Certification or eligibility preferred and level of expertise typically gained through five years of experience in clinical practice. Must be eligible for or hold a current and unrestricted State license to practice medicine and preferably be eligible for medical staff privileges. (CMOs assigned to oversee the Specialty Pharmacy must hold a current and unrestricted State license). 


Depending upon assigned area of responsibility, position may require applicable certifications and/or licensures, including but not limited to: RN; MD or DO; Drivers License; Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA); Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU); Associate in Risk Management (ARM); CPA; SPHR; Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA); Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT); Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM); Certified Facility Manager (CFM); Certified Coding Specialist (CCS); Certified Professional Coder (CPC); JD from an American Bar Association accredited school; admission to a State Bar Association.


Three years of medical staff leadership experience also preferred. Prior experience as a physician leader, for example a Medical Director or CMO for a large multi-specialty group practice, physician practice management organization, hospital/hospital system, or health plan. Experience with hospital organized medical staff, managed care organizations, and continuous quality improvement activities preferred. Proven experience and track record of predicting the futuristic relevancy and applicability of innovative industry trends, both technological and programmatic. Proven track record leading physician groups, including group facilitation, leadership development, team-building, performance management, and driving cultural change. Experience working with physicians to strategize and develop measurable improvements the quality of clinical care and patient satisfaction. Proven experience implementing a continuous improvement culture. Experience implementing and maintaining a patient-centered, healing culture. Proven track record of partnering with medical staff to achieve desired facility-specific and organizational outcomes. Knowledge of modern national trends in hospital technology, quality and patient safety. Skilled in effectively handling multiple conflicting assignments, demands, and priorities with great attention to detail; coaching and developing direct reports and/or other employees by providing open and honest feedback that results in enhanced performance outcomes; establishing, pursuing, and monitoring appropriate process and outcome measures for key initiatives utilizing a systems perspective; evaluating the processes by which clinical care and patient services are delivered, identifying areas for of opportunity, setting standards for outcomes, developing appropriate systems to monitor outcomes, and overseeing the implementation of process improvements; quickly assessing and assimilating industry trends in order to act quickly and appropriately to changing environmental factors; influencing others and translating strategies into actions; motivating physicians and building teams; influencing physician behaviors; partnering and problem solving with physicians and administrative leaders within multiple clinical areas and among members of the medical staff; navigating a highly-matrixed organizational structure with skill and efficiency; analyzing complex financial/statistical data; maintaining a high level of organization with strong attention to detail in order to respond quickly to varying situations. Excellent human relations, organizational and communication skills are essential. Leadership style and characteristics necessary to effectively perform in this role include: strong work ethic; results-oriented; persuasive; motivational; able to make rational decisions in difficult situations; inspirational; honorable; confident; systems-thinker; innovative; life-long learner; courageous; high-energy; integrity; collaborator; ability to work with teams; good listening; nonvolatile; values multiple disciplines; and passionate about continuously improving and providing high quality care and service excellence to patients, families, employees and physicians. 


Preferred Qualifications


Depending upon assignment, may prefer experience within a multi-unit hospital system.


Additional related education and/or experience preferred.


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