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Derek Vogel

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in The LFT Blog | 2 comments

One of the fun things I get to do in my job is to promote people.  Of course, that only happens when you have talented, honest, hardworking team members who make a difference. Right? Here is the story of my next promotion – someone many of you have met.  And if you haven’t, then you should.  I met Derek Vogel in a different life.  I was running another young company, and Derek was fresh off a number of years of playing professional basketball in Europe after a cup of coffee in the NBA.  I had watched him play basketball a couple of times and witnessed this incredible discipline and...

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Why Hospitals’ Approach to Human Capital May Be Their Achilles Heel

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in The LFT Blog | 1 comment

Let me share a sampling of numbers that I have been following for a while now (and continue to blow me away).  The average vacancy in hospital physician staffing is 18%, for behavioral health physicians it’s 24%, for nurses it’s 17%, for pharmacy technicians it’s 13%, and so on. Wow. How can you run a competitive service organization with these kinds of numbers? At LFT, the number one request for searches  is periop leadership. Why? Because the OR typically accounts for 40+% of a hospital’s revenue, and there is a real shortage of good periop leaders available today. It’s a...

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Why I’ve Loved Working with LFT

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in The LFT Blog | Comments Off on Why I’ve Loved Working with LFT

I first encountered LFT when Dan Moore stepped in to help me with a very tough interim search. I was working in recruiting at a hospital in Connecticut and had countless interactions with agencies vying for my time, but from the beginning I found Dan and the whole LFT team to be different. Agencies I had worked with in the past never seemed to spend the effort to get to know my needs or the culture of the hospital; I spent a lot of time receiving names of “great candidates” that were clearly not the right fit for our positions – or even very good candidates at all. I valued...

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What Is It Like to Be an Interim Veteran?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in The LFT Blog | 3 comments

Many of you may have considered hiring or working as an interim leader. With seven different interim assignments under my belt, LFT refers to me as a “veteran” — and the challenging but rewarding nature of the work can certainly make me feel that way. LFT has asked me to guest-host the newsletter today to fill you in a bit about what interim leadership is all about. I was prompted to consider interim work when I was an Associate Chief Nursing Officer at a small critical access hospital. I received a phone call from a recruiter looking to fill a “transitional...

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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...

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