Healthcare Recruitment Firm Finalizes Long-Term Succession Plan; Traditions of Quality Partnerships and Placements to Continue

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Healthcare executives, healthcare clinics, hospitals, advanced practitioners, and physicans can trust Adkisson Search Consultants for comprehensive physician recruitment needs. Under the leadership of President, Michelle Houchin and Vice-President Shannon McKay, the company has reached lofty goals within the healthcare recruitment industry, including filling 90% of all search assignments. Now as owners of Adkission Search Consultants, Houchin and McKay will continue the long-term tradition of excellence that began with founder, Billy Adkisson.


Adkisson Search Consultants was developed as a premiere healthcare recruitment firm that focuses on personal service and quality placements.

Founder of Adkisson Search Consultants, Billy Adkisson, M.B.A., FACHE, FAAHC, CMPE, has achieved a long-term goal by selling his interest in Adkisson Search Consultants to existing management, President Michelle Houchin, CMPE, and Vice-President Shannon McKay. The company, a nationwide search firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of physicians, executives and advanced practitioners, has spent nearly a decade preparing for this transition.

“Adkisson Search Consultants was developed as a premiere healthcare recruitment firm that focused on personal service and quality placements,” stated Adkisson. “As long-time managers and now as owners, Michelle and Shannon will be able to continue this tradition of excellence throughout this decade and beyond.”

Adkisson founded Adkisson Search Consultants in 2001, strategically recruiting Houchin and McKay into the business in 2002. They became managing partners in 2006 and managing owners as of November, 2011. Under their leadership, the company has reached lofty goals within the healthcare recruitment industry, including filling 90% of all search assignments. They attribute their success to effective communication, customer service, drive and dedication provided to their diverse clients.

According to Houchin, “Our team is very driven and well-connected, but perhaps the most important element that leads us to make quality partnerships and placements is our ability to listen and respond to the needs of our clients. Shannon and I have always made this a priority and will continue to keep it a priority within our organization.”

Houchin is certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN and has earned the designation of Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS). She came to Adkisson Search Consultants with over 20 years of healthcare related experience. She is known within the industry for her hands-on approach which prompts positive relationships with clients and candidates.

McKay received her Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication with a minor in Journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Upon graduating, she worked as a recruiter of information technology business professionals for the support and development of business applications. A variety of institutions ranging from small rural hospitals to large academic medical groups currently rely upon her communication, knowledge, and market expertise to ensure quality placements.

Adkisson has been a prominent consultant and successful entrepreneur in the physician recruitment industry for the past 35 years. Prior to starting Adkisson Search Consultants, he founded James Russell, Inc., which became one of the top five recruiting firms in the nation.He is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Association of Healthcare Consultants, and the American College of Medical Practice Executives. While officially in retirement, Adkisson will act as a corporate advisor for the firm and be accessible for clients by request.

Adkisson Search Consultants will remain in Bloomington, Illinois at their executive office at 3901 General Electric Rd. Suite 4. For more information call 1-866-311-000, follow them on Facebook, or visit


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