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Alder Bowman Helps Build Ascension’s AMITA Health Regional Leadership Team As the largest health network in Illinois, AMITA Health was formed as the result of a multi-system merger and now delivers care to over 6 million residents via 19-hospitals, 26,000 associates and 7,000 physicians. AMITA’s rapid growth created an urgent need to scale the executive team to properly align with the demands of a larger, more complex, 3-region system. As a solution, AMITA selected executive search firm, Alder Bowman, Inc. to drive its leadership building efforts and transform the organization to a regional operating model. This organization was chosen as it is primarily comprised of high-ranking healthcare delivery executives.
Alder Bowman Director, Sam Odle (formerly IU Health COO) was the lead business development and project team director who assured the newly hired AMITA executives were identified, assessed and hired within an ambitious and demanding timeframe. The searches carried a high sense of urgency to create a leadership team supporting Thor Thordarson, AMITA Health Chief Operating Officer during the organizational transformation.
Alder Bowman’s efforts resulted in AMITA’s hiring five system-level executives including three Regional Chief Operating Officers, an SVP of Post-Acute Care and an SVP of Mission Integration.
With more than 100 years of combined senior-level healthcare experience, the Alder Bowman team was able to executive swiftly because they know the industry, understand the client needs and recognize great health system leadership. The team launched a rigorous process and tapped into a robust network to hire this new team of AMITA high-impact organizational leaders within only a few months.
Like many faith-based health systems, AMITA sought to bring on leaders based on executives’ values and actions, in addition to expertise in healthcare. “For AMITA (and all our clients) we focus on their unique mission and vision to identify and assess prospective candidates through that lens,” said David Williger, President and Managing Director of Alder Bowman, Inc.
“As we grow to serve our communities, we recognize the local nature of healthcare and the importance of a focused effort on operations,” Thordarson, said in a statement.” AMITA Health is a joint operating company formed by AdventHealth in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and St. Louis-based Ascension.
The new leadership team recruited by Alder Bowman includes:
Scott Teffeteller, to serve as senior vice president and regional operating officer (ROO) for the Chicago Metro region, including AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago, AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital Evanston, AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago and AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago. He comes to AMITA Health from the Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he served as senior vice president and president of the system's east region. He earlier was president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Union Hospital, Inc., the largest nonprofit provider of health services between Indianapolis and St. Louis
Polly Davenport, new senior vice president and ROO for the Northwest region, including AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks, AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village, AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora, AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates and Its AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital, and AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin. She most recently served as senior vice president and COO of Catholic Health Initiatives' (CHI) St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas, and as president of CHl's St. Vincent Infirmary and St. Vincent North hospitals.
Herbert Buchanan now serving as senior vice president and ROO for the South region, including AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange, AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet and AMITA Health St. Mary's Hospital Kankakee. Buchanan worked most recently as a health-care consultant after previously serving as president and CEO of Methodist and University Hospitals in Indianapolis, which comprise the 1,300-bed Academic Medical Center of Indiana University Health System. He earlier was CEO of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Hereford, new senior vice president and post-acute care officer. She oversees AMITA Health Holy Family Medical Center Des Plaines, which is a long-term acute-care hospital (LTACH), AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital Elk Grove Village, AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Hospice Care, AMITA Health Adventist St. Thomas Hospice Care, AMITA Health Rainbow Hospice, AMITA Health home health programs and other rehabilitation and palliative care programs. Hereford also will oversee laboratory services, which are part of the post-acute care division under AMITA Health's new organizational structure. Hereford previously served as chief of the community hospitals and post-acute division of University of Virginia (UVA) Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. She earlier served as chief of UVA's Transitional Care Hospital and CEO of Kindred Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
John L. Halstead the new Chief Catholic Mission Integration Officer. As the Senior Vice President, Chief Catholic Mission Integration Officer, Halstead will be responsible for ensuring the Catholic identity of the legacy Presence Health and legacy Alexian Brothers facilities’ strategies, operations and culture. He will guide executive leaders from a Catholic mission perspective and will continue to build collegial relationships with Catholic faith leaders in the communities served by AMITA Health as the organization develops strategies and considers new relationships. Halstead most recently served as Chief Mission Integration Officer for Ascension’s Gulf Coast Ministry Market, which includes communities such as Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama.