Study: New Hospital CEOs Increasingly Have No Healthcare Experience

A poll by Clearwater, Fla.-based Black Book Rankings estimates that almost two-thirds of CEOs hired in 2014 will have little to no healthcare experience, according to a news release. The poll was completed by 1,404 healthcare provider organizations' human resource officers and board members.

The number of hospital CEOs coming from another hospital CEO position fell from 79 percent in 2009 to 39 percent in 2013, according to another Black Book survey.

Doug Brown, managing partner at Black Book, sees a lack of healthcare experience as potentially being beneficial, especially for hospitals in crisis. "An outside hire will not have developed hospital management skills from within or understand an organization's unwritten rules at first, but that's not a bad thing either as more hospitals face fresh ideas to avoid bankruptcy, expedite smoother consolidations, conquer payment reform, and productivity issues," he said in a news release.

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