The President & CEO of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children provides overall strategic and operational leadership to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and associated entities. The CEO has overall responsibility for planning, program and service growth, and operational, financial, clinical, and patient experience performance for the hospital.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides strategic leadership fosters high level performance in the delivery of health care.
Maintains effective and collaborative relationships with the medical staff that inspire loyalty, ensures the ability to meet the health needs of the community and advances quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction.
Works with corporate constituents and hospital leadership to maintain an organized system of management and controls that ensure smooth function of hospital/health system operations, timely accomplishment of goals, and physical, financial and human resource viability and success.
Ensures best practice, evidence-based approaches to consistently deliver exceptional, well-coordinated and integrated care that delivers high level outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Works with the Tower Health CEO and the Corporate Planning department to develop strategic plans for the hospital that ensure top performance and fosters market and program growth that aligns with system strategy.
Develops, implements and executes operational plans that ensure timely strategic goal achievement.
Works with leadership, human resources, and corporate human resources to provide a quality work experience that fosters strong employee engagement.
Works with the Tower Health CEO and corporate staff to develop strategic partnerships as identified.
Provides input into payor relations strategies and agreements.
Utilizes financial and analytical skills to lead, monitor and take actions that ensure the hospital’s financial stability and long-term success.
Ensures the hospital is appropriately resourced from a capital and labor perspective.
Fosters strong community relations and develops collaborative partnerships that aligns with corporate strategy, advances the hospital, and contributes to the health and well-being of the community/communities served.
Manages the functions of the hospital in alignment with established targets and organizational culture.
Works with the hospital board of trustees to in the delivery of established goals.
Informs and advises the board of trustees on matters that influence and impact hospital performance.
Provides leadership that aligns and challenges the workforce, inspires loyalty and promotes fulfillment of the hospital/health system’s mission, vision and values.
Ensures legal, regulatory and accrediting compliance and represents the hospital/health system in relationships with local, state and federal governing agencies.
Works with board members, community leaders, government and accreditation agencies, physicians, and employees at all levels.
Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:
Strong communication skills.
Strong public speaking/presentation skills.
Strong relationship building skills.
Ability to manage complex work responsibilities and multiple priorities.
Strong financial and business acumen.
Effective team leadership skills.
Strong problem-solving skills.
Strong strategic thinking skills.
Strong planning, organizational, and delegation skills.
Ability to perform in an autonomous environment.
Strong knowledge of the healthcare industry and market trends.
Company Background & Culture
In September 2019, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children was purchased jointly by Tower Health and Drexel University. Tower and Drexel formed an ownership group named STC Healthcare Partners, LLC, of which each organization owns 50%.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
A leader in pediatric care since 1875, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's nationally recognized programs and pediatric specialists provide exceptional care to children from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and around the world.
St. Christopher's has more than 220 pediatric experts on staff, combining top-notch general pediatric care with a wide array of pediatric specialties including Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Oncology and Orthopedics. It houses one of only three Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania and the only Pediatric Burn Center in the Philadelphia area.
In addition to its main location in Philadelphia, the hospital has a growing network of primary and specialty care locations throughout the Philadelphia suburbs and New Jersey so your child's health conditions can be treated close to home. (Refer to the addendum on page 10 for full details)
Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people.
Together, our six hospitals and other entities provide a full range of medical care — from prevention, screenings and education; to the latest clinical services and surgeries available; to rehabilitation. We also offer wellness programs and public health services that ensure our communities are the healthiest they can be. Our caring, highly trained physicians and staff are committed to patient safety and patient satisfaction.
With more than 11,000 team members, Tower Health includes Reading Hospital, a teaching hospital based in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; and Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown. We also operate Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing and Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, and we have a comprehensive physician network. All of our facilities participate in our partnership with the UPMC Health Plan.
Collaboration across Tower Health enables our hospitals, providers, leadership and staff to leverage best practices across the health system. Our patients benefit from access to a broad range of services — all right here in our region.
Our hospitals have received national recognition for advanced care in areas such as neurosurgery and stroke, cardiac and vascular surgery, trauma, hematology and oncology. Reading HealthPlex, which opened at Reading Hospital in October 2016, combines state-of-the-art technology and world-class design to make the HealthPlex one of the most sophisticated surgical centers and inpatient facilities in the region.
Tower Health Transplant Institute
Tower Health Transplant Institute has been organized and will become the new home for the nationally recognized kidney and liver transplant program formerly located at Hahnemann University Hospital.
The program's team of renowned surgeons, hepatologists, and nephrologists have joined the Tower Health Medical Group and will provide services in West Reading and Philadelphia. The transplant team surgeons -- who have performed more than 3,000 organ transplants -- will perform kidney and liver transplants at the state-of-the-art Reading Hospital HealthPlex, one of the most technologically advanced surgical facilities in the state. Inpatient services will be provided at Tower Health - Reading Hospital and Tower Health - Chestnut Hill Hospital, with outpatient services at Reading Hospital and in Center City Philadelphia. The Tower Health Transplant Institute will also include the Center for Liver Disease that was part of the Hahnemann program.
"With the unfortunate closure of Hahnemann, our goal was to create a home for this nationally-ranked kidney and liver transplant program so it could continue serving patients in eastern Pennsylvania and surroundings areas," said Clint Matthews, president and CEO of Tower Health. "We are pleased to welcome these ten outstanding surgeons and physicians, along with experienced clinical and support staff. These specialists chose to come to Tower Health because they liked what they saw in our people, our facilities, and our vision."
While at Hahnemann, the Transplant program became the only 5-star-rated kidney transplant program in Pennsylvania and the third best kidney transplant program in the nation as ranked by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, based on patient survival with a functioning kidney one year after transplant.
David J. Reich, MD, Medical Director of the Tower Health Transplant Institute and Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, noted that "along with internationally distinguished hepatologist, Santiago J. Muñoz, MD, and nephrologist, Karthik M. Ranganna, MD, our entire group is delighted to remain a team and to join the preeminent Tower Health system that is setting national standards for healthcare quality and patient satisfaction. We are deeply committed to excellence in clinical care, improving access to transplant services, and to the expanding academic mission of Tower Health." Dr. Muñoz is Medical Director of Liver Transplant and the Center for Liver Disease, Tower Health Transplant Institute and The Donald Berkowitz Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Ranganna is Medical Director of Kidney Transplant, Tower Health Transplant Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Within the Transplant Institute, the Center for Liver Disease will provide comprehensive care and leading-edge therapies to manage and treat a variety of liver diseases. “We are pleased to have a new home at Tower Health that will allow us to care for our patients with liver disease without interruption," said Dr. Muñoz. "And, we are excited to work with Tower Health on advancing liver disease services in the region."
Pending approval by UNOS (the Unified Network of Organ Sharing), transplants could begin by the end of 2019. Outpatient services, such as patient pre-surgical evaluation and monitoring and transplant follow-up will begin in September. Communications are underway with patients about the new locations for their care and how to ensure uninterrupted care.
Reading Hospital Receives Disease Specific Certification in Pediatric Asthma from The Joint Commission
Reading Hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Pediatric Asthma Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Reading Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review on May 28 where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with asthma specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
"At Reading Hospital, we pride ourselves on the high-quality care we provide to our youngest patients," said Gregory Sorensen, MD, Tower Health Chief Medical Officer. "Our electronic health records shows that asthma affects more than 5,000 of our pediatric patients and it was important to the team that we demonstrate our expertise in asthma care for the patients and their families we care for."
Tower Health and Drexel University College of Medicine Break Ground on New Four-Year Regional Campus
On June 17, Tower Health and Drexel University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health, a four- year regional campus in West Reading. Clint Matthews, Tower Health President and CEO; John Fry, Drexel University President; and Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, Dean, Drexel College of Medicine spoke about this milestone for the future of the medical school.
Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) at Tower Health will feature state-of-the-art technology - as well as traditional classrooms, learning communities, and lecture halls. The facility will include traditional and nontraditional instructional venues where students will advance their medical skills and education via simulated patient rooms, anatomy laboratories, and simulation labs to promote interdisciplinary education with residents, physicians, and nurses When fully operational, the campus will have capacity to educate and train 200 medical students.
"Tower Health is focused on taking care of all the communities we serve," said Matthews. "Our collaboration with Drexel University further enhances our ongoing commitment to our academic mission by educating the physicians of tomorrow while also having a positive economic impact in Berks County."
Drexel University medical students will benefit from the addition of a new regional campus in an area that is experiencing economic growth, while studying medicine at the largest hospital between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Tower Health and Drexel University first announced plans to develop a regional campus near Reading Hospital in April 2018. A 20-year academic agreement was signed between the two organizations in February 2019, and on May 29, 2019, twenty third year DUCOM medical students began their core clinical rotations at Reading Hospital.
Tower Health has a rich history of providing high-quality, cost-effective care in the communities we serve. As the healthcare industry continues to change, one thing remains steadfast: Tower Health’s commitment to Advancing Health, Transforming Lives.
The Mission of Tower Health is to provide compassionate, accessible, high quality, cost effective health care to the community; to promote health; to educate healthcare professionals; and to participate in appropriate clinical research.
Tower Health will be the leading regional health delivery system, demonstrated by excellent clinical quality and effectiveness, accessible care and patient, physician, and employee engagement. This will be achieved by patient-focused, caring service delivered with advanced practices, technology and innovation to improve the health of the people they serve.
We’re committed to setting ambitious goals to move healthcare and their communities forward.
Everyone working together collaboratively.
In our regard for, and actions toward, their communities, patients, and each other.
Acting in honest, forthright, and fiscally responsible ways.
Drexel University College of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine represents the consolidation of two venerable medical schools with rich and intertwined histories: Hahnemann Medical College and Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Established in 1848 and 1850, respectively, they were two of the earliest medical colleges in the United States, and Woman's was the first medical school for women in the world.
Today, with more than 1,000 medical students, Drexel University College of Medicine is educating 1 in every 83 medical students in the nation. Graduate students number more than 850, and the College is the academic partner in the education of more than 550 medical residents and fellows. There are more than 700 clinical and basic science faculty, and more than 1,700 affiliate and volunteer faculty.
The College of Medicine's main campus, Queen Lane, is in a suburban-like setting in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. Our Department of Pediatrics is at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and the Department of Psychiatry is based at Friends Hospital. Students can receive clinical education at 25 affiliated hospitals and ambulatory sites chosen for commitment to teaching as well as medical excellence.
Our clinical practice, Drexel Medicine®, is a patient-focused practice emphasizing quality, innovation and community service, and enhanced by physician involvement in the research and educational programs.
The College has established one of the largest centers for spinal cord research in the mid-Atlantic region and founded one of the leading centers for malaria study in the nation. Collaborative projects leveraging Drexel University's technological expertise push the frontiers of nanomedicine and neuroengineering.
Drexel University College of Medicine houses one of just 21 National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health designated by the Department of Health & Human Services. Drexel Medicine's HIV/AIDS primary care practice is the largest in the greater Philadelphia region. Faculty physicians are highly respected in numerous other specialties, including cardiology, pain management, sports medicine and toxicology.
Drexel University College of Medicine excels and innovates in education, research, and delivery of compassionate care in our culture of diversity, spirited inquiry, collaboration, and opportunity.
Dedication to providing the highest quality biomedical education
Promotion of basic and translational research for the benefit of humanity
Devotion to our patients in providing quality, compassionate care
Acknowledgement that diversity of our faculty, professional staff, students, and trainees enables our mission
Growth and success of all who teach, learn, and work here
Commitment to our local and global communities
Collaboration with colleagues across the University and beyond
Attention to responsible stewardship of healthcare resources
Focus on our tradition of providing educational opportunity to those who might not otherwise have it
Excellence in all that we do
Drexel University College of Medicine's strengths will be synergy and integration in the areas of biomedical research and education, technology, and clinical care. We will continue to build on our strong foundation of outstanding medical research, education, and compassionate care of our patients, bolstered by an exceptional, dedicated and diverse faculty, professional staff, and student body. Our emphasis on translational research, integrating the clinical and basic sciences, will significantly strengthen the College's and University's collective contribution to meeting the healthcare needs of society. Continued excellence in these areas will expand our national and international reputation as a medical school committed to the creation of new scientific knowledge and innovative pedagogy for the benefit of our patients, students and humanity.
Affiliated Hospitals and Health Systems
Drexel University College of Medicine has long-standing partnerships with several affiliate training sites. These affiliated hospitals and health systems expose students to diverse patient populations and a variety of health conditions.
Regional Medical Campuses
Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health
Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital - Allegheny Health Network
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente - Sacramento
Reading Hospital - Tower Health
Wellspan York Hospital
Chambersburg Hospital - Summit Health
Coatesville VA Medical Center
Mercy Health System (Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia)
Education and Experience:
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration, Management, or related field required.
A minimum of 5 years of progressive pediatric healthcare leadership experience required.
Minimum of 3 years executive hospital leadership experience at a COO or VP level required.
Experience working with a board of trustees/directors required.
Experience working with community organizations preferred.
Experience with medical staffs and physician relations required.
Ability to travel as needed required.
Internal Number: 6082
About Southerland Partners & St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
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