New Opportunity: Vice President, Medical Group at Salem Health


About the Organization

Salem Health is the premier health care provider for Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Made up of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital in Dallas, and other clinics and services, we’ve provided pioneering medicine since 1896. We are proud to be a community-based, not-for-profit institution. Our board of trustees is made up of 15 volunteers who share a common belief: Our duty is to heal the sick and injured—not to answer to stockholders.

Salem Hospital is one of the largest of Oregon’s 62 acute care hospitals and operates the busiest emergency department in Oregon. It is a not-for-profit hospital, licensed for 454 acute-care beds.  The hospital is the Salem’s largest private employer, with approximately 4,600 employees. West Valley Hospital rounds out our numbers with an additional 180 employees.

Salem Health Medical Group (SHMG) is the business name for the group of medical providers who are employed by Salem Health directly.  This group is comprised of 350 individuals including 170 doctors and clinicians which provide services to the greater Salem area in 7 locations and 17 departments.  Care within SHMG includes primary care, urgent care, hospitalists, neurology, palliative care, physical therapy, psychiatry, sleep medicine, trauma and general surgery and women’s health.

Position Summary

The Vice President of the Salem Health Medical Group (VP,SHMG) is a key member of the executive leadership council for Salem Health.  The VP serves as the Executive Leader for the Medical Group and leads the Leadership Operations Council (LOC), a provider led oversight group for SHMG.  In a dyad with the Chief Medical Officers, the VP, SHMG is accountable to help develop the strategic direction for SHMG and to ensure the effective implementation of all approved strategies, tactics, policies and procedures in all practices that comprise the integrated provider network.  He/she ensures the strategic, operational and financial success of the group, each of its practices and each of the physicians and other providers. The VP, SHMG accomplishes this responsibility through the development and effective management of a team of providers, directors, practice managers and support staff, as well as monitoring the performance of internal and external vendors.

Essential Job Functions

  • In a dyad with the CMO ensures operational excellence that includes:
    • Program specific action plans are developed for each practice location (inpatient and ambulatory, which includes TOC clinics like Woodburn, and Professional Services), linked to strategies, and that management and staff members effectively implement those plans in partnership with providers.
    • Ensures that physicians and other providers, directors and practice managers in each practice location meet monthly to review financial performance and to discuss progress toward achieving performance targets and timelines and then works with leadership team to identify barriers to performance and solicits the assistance of experts to remove or overcome those barriers.
    • Provides support to the LOC, Transformation Committee and its subcommittees, personally or through staff.  Supports in the LOC preparation for monthly LOC meetings and in the development of meeting minutes.  In a dyad with the CMO’s has executive oversight for the Quality, Compensation and Transformation Committees.
    • Development of the employed provider network, including oversight of the staffing/planning/recruitment process, practice acquisition, and the new practice development process, in support of defined initiatives.
    • Proposes policies and procedures based on best operating practices, for review and approval.  Ensures the effective implementation of approved policies and procedures.
    • Oversees the medical direction and operation of the clinical components of SHMG, including setting performance standards for providers and taking appropriate action when standards are not met.
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Council for Salem Health and represents SHMG to external organizations; fosters favorable relationships between SHMG, independent medical staff and other institutes in the greater Salem community and interfaces with the Network and the hospitals to develop and ensure the successful implementation of internal vendor agreements, as needed.

Supervisory Relationships

Supervises the following roles: SHMG Operations Director positions, Woodburn Administrator, Medical Directors, Admin Assistant, and Administrative Fellows.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Master’s degree in business or health care administration or similar advanced degree is required.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience, including at least 5 years of leadership experience, in ambulatory care or physician practice required. Previous executive experience preferred. Familiarity with regional market preferred. Network experience preferred.
  • Well developed leadership and management skills, physician relationships, interpersonal skills, and verbal and written communications, team building, collaboration, organization assessment and decision-making. Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to the mission and objectives of the organization.  Effectively engages physician leadership in a collaborative, shared decision making style. Demonstrated understanding and/or previous experience using lean management tools strongly preferred.

Ready to Apply?

180one is a retained search firm and has been engaged by Salem Health to manage this search. If interested in learning more about the opportunity, please contact Kim Barnes at 180one.