In the Beginning…

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in The LFT Blog | Comments Off on In the Beginning…

Twelve years ago, I met Ralph DiPisa on the bleachers of a basketball gymnasium.

While watching our middle school sons run up and down the court, Ralph told me about an idea he had: to provide hospitals with interim directors and managers who can fill in during a sudden critical staffing need, or turnaround an underperforming department. I’m a serial entrepreneur and loved the idea, as well as watching Ralph, Dan Phillips and Roger Payne evolve the business.

As Leaders For Today grew, reimbursement pressures tightened the financial flexibility hospitals had formerly enjoyed. Before, this flexibility allowed hospitals to hold a “bench” of staff to move up quickly and fill a position, if necessary. Now, LFT has become that bench.

We provide virtually any position in a hospital on a temporary or permanent basis. At our core, we find interim talent for the following six position categories (which account for about half our business): OR/Periop/Surgical Service, ER/Trauma, Case/Care Management, Patient Access, Revenue Cycle and Laboratory directors and managers.

And now our sons are grown, and I have found myself sitting in the CEO chair of Leaders For Today, thinking about our organization’s next phase of evolution. It is an incredibly stimulating position and environment to be in.

When hospitals call us, they are in a pickle. They have a significant staffing problem that needed to be fixed yesterday, and so we must feel the sense of urgency while providing quality during these tight time frames. The best part about working here is that we do that job well. Do we make mistakes? Absolutely. Can we do better? No question. But there is a unique culture here that inspires all of us to be the best at what we do. And that includes our interims.

I also want to take a moment to thank Jeff Souza, who has stepped down after seven years at the helm of Leaders For Today to pursue a new opportunity. Jeff brought to our organization an unyielding commitment to serving clients, and it very much became part of who we are. He was a good leader, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new endeavor.

Whether you are a hospital, a clinic, a health plan, or someone looking for an interim position, permanent placement, or something in-between, we would love to talk to you about what makes Leaders For Today unique. Give us a call (877-421-1014).


Bill Haylon