An Executive Recruiter’s Perioperative Perspective

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in The LFT Blog | 3 comments

For the past ten years, I’ve been working in healthcare as a recruiter. I joined LFT this past summer, and since then have had my entire focus on finding talented perioperative leaders. As you may know, the OR is the largest revenue-generating department for hospitals, which not surprisingly leads to high stress for the leadership surrounding the department. As LFT has grown, it seems the number of perioperative searches has been growing, too (not surprisingly given the burnout, this is the most frequent search we get asked to do).

I feel for my candidates when I think about all of the unique constituencies demanding time and attention in this role: the surgeons jockeying for plum block time, the scrub team squeezed to get a surgical suite ready for the next procedure, the CFO who wants to see the utilization numbers go up, and the Chief Quality Officer who wants the infection numbers to go down. There is no way that this is an easy job.

During my many discussions with OR leaders, I have been most impressed with those who have the innate ability to communicate well with all levels of hospital staff. They can stand toe-to-toe with the surgeons, manage the demanding schedules and needs of their nurses from pre-op to post-op while limiting overtime, and at the end of the day, they are compassionate advocates for patient safety.

So I spend my days doing everything I can to understand the dynamics of the hospitals who retain us. I mentor OR leadership candidates, trying to find the right next career step and the right organizational fit. We have seven periop searches going at the moment (both interim and permanent), and this number is always growing. If you are interested in chatting about what interim leadership is like, or where you want to grow your career, just give me a call (339) 227-9068. I would love to help – it’s what I do!

Kristin Reynolds
Executive Recruiter


  1. I am interested in what interim perioperative leadership positions you may have available. Please see my profile on linked-in.
    Regards, Lori

    • Hi Lori! You can find a list of our openings under the “job openings” section of our site here.
      One of our recruiters will also reach out to you this morning to discuss. Have a great day!

  2. 15-16 yrs of management experience in surgical services looking to do interim work, enjoy fixing, and where I can. Love to hear more