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Director - System Patient Placement

Wausau, WI, USA | Aspirus

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
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  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
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Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. Its 11,000 employees are focused on improving the health and well-being of people throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Aspirus serves communities through four hospitals in Upper Michigan and 13 hospitals in Wisconsin, 75 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians.

Aspirus has been recognized by IBM Watson Health as a Top 15 Health System for four consecutive years in its annual studies identifying the top-performing health systems in the country.

As an Aspirus team, we demonstrate caring, we plan to impact the future, work with happiness and enthusiasm, recognize our power to make a difference and improve the health of our communities.


This is a new role working as the Director – System Patient Placement in Wausau, WI at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.This position is accountable for providing strategic leadership and direction for Patient Placement Services across the Aspirus health system, ensuring the 24-hour delivery of high-quality services, managing resources and people, quality and performance improvement, and role-modeling Aspirus’ values and mission. This will include:

  • A comprehensive understanding of all components related to the admission, transfer or consult of emergent, urgent, and elective patients into an accepting facility from referring hospitals, clinics, urgent care clinics and provider offices with guaranteed appropriate level of care and timely, appropriate mode of transport in collaboration with EMS dispatch services.

  • Establishing system relationships to promote quality care across the continuum.

  • Working collaboratively to produce, nurture, and sustain a professional practice and healthy work environment that affords and enhances patient care effectiveness and efficiency through leadership to multidisciplinary teams, effective physician relationships, and a shared vision and dedication to the future of Aspirus.

Professional Experience / Qualifications

  • Knowledge of hospital management and policy administration, as well as development and implementation of budgets, effective staffing models, strategies and standards normally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration or related field.

  • A Master’s degree in Business or Healthcare related field recommended within two years of hire.

  • Previous experience in the supervision of personnel, evaluation of program operational, strategic, and quality outcomes, and budget preparation and resource utilization beneficial.

  • Knowledge of current approaches to the delivery of patient care and strategies for examining and applying relevant concepts and evidence-based practice.

  • Knowledge of current leadership, management, and performance improvement concepts and participates in developing and implementing organizational strategies to address opportunities to improve the delivery and cost efficiency of health care to patients.

  • Possesses diplomacy, problem solving, conflict management and resolution, team building, collaboration with stakeholders and disparate parties, and effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrates strong leadership capabilities, initiative, and good judgment.

  • Utilizes strong communication and participative problem-solving skills.

  • Possesses strong analytical skills.

  • Assures collaboration and relation with all levels of employees in hospital departments, patients, and physicians to provide an optimal patient care environment.

  • Capable of making good judgments in stressful situations and is able to direct others towards positive outcomes.

  • Assures smooth transition and flexibility while under pressure.

  • Ability to negotiate.

  • Works collaboratively with physicians and nurses to implement change.

  • Possesses the ability to relate general concepts, principles, and policies to specific situations and draw logical, consistent conclusions.


Wausau, Wisconsin is located in the lovely Wisconsin River valley at the center of the state. We have a metro area population of 80,000 with excellent schools, busy performing arts center, large private music conservatory, and visual arts center.

Quiet residential neighborhoods surround Lake Wausau and overlook the Wisconsin River or have views of Rib Mountain State Park. A normal commute is ten minutes to any part of town. We enjoy four seasons of recreation including all water sports, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, soccer, down-hill and cross-country skiing. We are conveniently located three hours from Milwaukee and Minneapolis.  

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