CEO Search Process Resource Guide

February 23, 2017
Downing, Dana

Author: Dana Dahl, Vice President of Membership Services

In Missouri, CEO turnover remains at an alarmingly high percent. CEO’s are a vital part of the health care team — their leadership can determine the success of the hospital or health system.

Unfortunately for Missouri, 19 percent of our hospital CEOs retired or left their facilities in 2016. CEO turnover can have a disruptive impact on hospitals and the communities they serve. Therefore, it is essential that hospitals understand and effectively evaluate their talent acquisition processes.

Hiring a competent CEO is the No. 1 role of a hospital board, and perhaps one of the most important decisions the team will make. Each hospital has different needs, and every candidate is unique; however, with certain guidelines and tips, the search process can yield successful results. Most hospital boards that have not hired a CEO in a number of years would benefit from reviewing the contemporary executive search process, as well as understanding all of their options.

MHA recently released a CEO search process resource guide. This guide should be used with other CEO recruitment tools, including advice from professional search firms. These tools will allow your hiring board to make an educated decision about the best candidate for your facility.

To request a copy of the resource guide, or for any assistance throughout the search process, contact me at or Mike Dunaway at