OakLeaf Surgical Hospital Hires New CEO

After conducting a nationwide senior executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, OakLeaf Surgical Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., has hired Anne Hargrave-Thomas to fill the role of chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience, Hargrave-Thomas will assume her new duties at OakLeaf Surgical Hospital on September 26, 2011.

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OakLeaf was seeking a seasoned CEO with a track record of building trust and teamwork among leadership, physicians and staff while maintaining a pattern of revenue growth.

Lenexa, Kan. (PRWEB) August 23, 2011

After conducting a nationwide senior executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, OakLeaf Surgical Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., has hired Anne Hargrave-Thomas to fill the role of chief executive officer. A seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience, Hargrave-Thomas will assume her new duties at OakLeaf Surgical Hospital on September 26, 2011.

“Among Anne’s many skills is a proven ability to partner with surgeons to substantially improve satisfaction scores, quality and patient experience,” said Mike Staheli, vice president of operations and service line development, OakLeaf Surgical Hospital. “We’re looking forward to continuing on our path of steady growth under her expert guidance.”

OakLeaf Surgical Hospital, which was rated “best in the nation” for patient experience by Consumer Reports magazine, offers seven surgical suites, two GI suites and a pain management center. Hargrave-Thomas will lead several critical initiatives for the organization, including opening a new facility.

“OakLeaf was seeking a seasoned CEO with a track record of building trust and teamwork among leadership, physicians and staff while maintaining a pattern of revenue growth. Anne is an expert problem-solver who is particularly skilled at recruiting and retaining surgeons. She is an ideal match for this organization’s needs,” said Kathy Hall, vice president of senior executive search for B. E. Smith, the leadership solutions firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for OakLeaf Surgical Hospital.

Prior to joining OakLeaf Surgical Hospital, Hargrave-Thomas served as the CEO and administrator at West Bloomfield Surgery Center in West Bloomfield, Mich. Her career has included leadership positions at Wayne State University Physicians Group and at Detroit Medical Center, both located in Detroit, Mich. Named one of Becker’s “Administrators to Know” in 2010 and 2011, Hargrave-Thomas completed a master’s of business administration degree in healthcare administration at Baker College in Flint, Mich., as well as a bachelor’s of science in nursing at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

About OakLeaf Surgical Hospital:
In 2001, a group of independent physicians established OakLeaf Surgical Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis., a private hospital designed exclusively for surgery. Today, 60 surgeons in 15 specialties offer surgical procedures at OakLeaf Surgical Hospital on an outpatient or overnight stay basis. This unique, state-of-the-art facility offers an alternative to the large institution and is part of the OakLeaf Medical Network, which serves more than 30 communities in Western Wisconsin. OakLeaf Surgical Hospital is licensed, Joint Commission accredited and Medicare certified, and was ranked highest for overall patient satisfaction by the federal government’s survey of hospital patients. For more information, visit http://www.oakleafsurgical.com.

About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service leadership solutions firm for healthcare providers. B. E. Smith’s comprehensive suite of services includes Interim Healthcare Leadership, Permanent Executive Placements and Consulting Solutions. The company is comprised of veteran healthcare leaders who partner with each client to create solutions that uniquely fit their needs. B. E. Smith, the No. 1 ranked executive search firm by Modern Healthcare, maintains one of the largest databases of skilled healthcare leadership and interim executive candidates in the industry and recently placed more than 600 total leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.BESmith.com or call 877-802-4593.

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