Baptist Health, Arkansas’ largest not-for-profit health system, is seeking candidates for the position of Chief Medical Officer for Arkansas’ first hospital established in 1887. Reporting to System Chief Medical Officer, Eddie Phillips, M.D., this position has a functional “dotted line” relationship to Western Arkansas /Eastern Oklahoma Region President, Harrison Dean.
In following the vision, belief, mission, and values of Baptist Health, the Chief Medical Officer will be a transformational, patient centered, and compassionate leader. The right candidate will share values regarding service, honesty, respect, stewardship, and performance. In addition, they will support the organizational mission, drive clinical quality and compliance, create a united front committed to positive change, and foster a culture of excellence. This physician leader will champion an effective partnership with administration and medical staff.
Additional major functions of the role include: budget management, participation on key committees, promoting an environment of transparency, addressing physician behavior and goal achievement, and technical aspects such as the oversight of electronic health records.
Highlights of the position
Right-sized opportunity allowing for timely, meaningful impact
Experienced, diverse physician staff and administration team
High complexity of care regionally
Utilize EPIC system for Electronic Medical Records
Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package
Prospective career advancement at the system level
Family friendly community with low living costs, regional airport, and I-40 access
The ideal candidate is board certified in their medical discipline and eligible for medical licensure/licensed in the State of Arkansas. At least 5+ years’ experience in medical practice and 3+ years’ medical staff leadership is required. Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrable track record of working collaboratively with a diverse medical staff is necessary to be successful in this role.
Additional preferred qualifications include:
Strong administration and leadership skills
Values and embraces organization mission
Successful physician recruitment track record
Broad IT knowledge base with EPIC experience a plus
Business acumen - MBA or equivalent desirable
Knowledge of quality programs and alternative payment models in clinic practices (CPC, PCMH, etc.)
Participation with clinically integrated network and/or accountable organizations
About Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas with an estimated population of 86, 200. Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers, also known as Belle Point. The city has recently been named by Forbes as having the lowest cost of living in the United States.
Activities around town include something for everyone – from 316 acres of public park space for outdoor enthusiasts to museums – including the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith Museum of History, Fort Smith Trolley Museum, and the Fort Smith Air Museum – and an active music scene. There are frequent live performances in the downtown area by local and national Jazz, Blues, Country, and Rock bands. Local bands regularly frequent the riverfront area highlighting the river valley's finest. Many are featured at the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest, held since 1991.
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