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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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Looking Forward After a Great Year

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in The LFT Blog | Comments Off on Looking Forward After a Great Year

I am happy to report that 2014 was the best year in LFT’s history – made possible by great clients, a great team and great teamwork.  We were able to enjoy 2014’s success for about a day and then it was back to figuring out how we get better at what we do for our clients.  In case you haven’t noticed, I can get a little maniacal about continuing to raise our performance bar. We’ve done searches for over fifty positions this year.  Four job categories made up almost half of the search requests we received: OR/Periop/Surgical Services Case Management Revenue Cycle Management Physician Practice...

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What Marketing Means to Me at LFT

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in The LFT Blog | Comments Off on What Marketing Means to Me at LFT

As I continue to recover from my sugar fix at LFT’s recent “Festivus” holiday party (we borrowed liberally from an old Seinfeld episode), it is providing me with a reminder of the uniqueness that makes our culture so special here at LFT.  We believe in breaking the mold in our approach to most things we do– beginning, of course, with the staffing process. Most recently at our holiday party, we donned “festivus costumes” in lieu of cocktail attire and had a grab-bag of amounts LFT will donate to our charities of choice in lieu of a secret santa.  I’ve found that although I may have taken the...

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