Gundersen Health has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their IS PMO Director position.


Organization Overview:

Gundersen Health is a physician-led, not-for profit healthcare system based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Located throughout western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, Gundersen cares for patients in 19 counties and includes a regional referral center and a teaching hospital with 325 beds, a Level II Trauma, and Emergency Center. Gundersen Health’s mission is to distinguish themselves through patient care, education, research, and improved health in the communities they serve.


Position Details:

The IS PMO Director is a newly created position within Gundersen’s Information Systems department that will focus on building an IS PMO from the ground up.  The PMO Director will centralize the project management function within the IS department and will formalize governance and methodology.  The IS PMO Director will report to the Chief Information Officer and will oversee approximately six project managers.  This position will be responsible for building the IS PMO team.  The IS PMO will work closely with the Enterprise PMO.


  • Centralize the project management function within the IS department and formalize governance and standardize methodology
  • Partner with leadership teams to ensure appropriate prioritization, planning, execution, communication, measurement, and leadership to enhance project success rate and accountability
  • Manage leadership expectations in terms of major initiatives status, scope, budgets, risks and quality
  • Develop project metrics and feedback measurements to ensure delivery of all IS projects according to PMO best practices, industry standards, and methodologies
  • Provide direct guidance on IS project resource planning, reporting, road mapping, prioritization, and budgeting
  • Work closely with the Enterprise PMO to prioritize resources and ensure collaboration across teams
  • Oversee the configuration, implementation, enhancement, administration, maintenance, and training for the organization’s automated PPM tools
  • Lead the Planning Division of IS to ensure the effective utilization of capital and operating budgets
  • Work in concert with the CIO and other leadership on healthcare technology trends (Ex: VNA strategy, consumerism in healthcare)
  • Facilitate IS leadership learning and planning retreats




  • Master’s degree
  • 10+ years of experience in information systems and business/industry
  • Five or more years of leadership responsibility


  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting, project planning and resource allocation
  • Demonstrated competency with implementing new PMO organizations
  • PMP
Gundersen Health System  has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their Chief Information Officer Position.


Organization Overview

Gundersen Health System is a non-profit, comprehensive integrated healthcare network headquartered in La Crosse, Wis. Gundersen’s more than 7,000 employees serve 19 counties in western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and northeastern Iowa. Their network includes one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group medical practices, teaching hospital, regional community clinics and hospitals, behavioral health services, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances. Consistently ranked among the top five percent of hospitals in the United States for clinical quality by independent healthcare ratings organizations, and the first health system in the country to achieve energy independence, Gundersen relentlessly pursues improved health for patients, their families and the communities it serves.


Chief Information Officer Position Highlights

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology (IT), clinical engineering, telecommunications, and clinical/business data services initiatives that improve cost effectiveness, health care service quality, and business development in a constantly changing, competitive marketplace. Leads the organization in planning and implementing information systems to support both distributed and centralized clinical and business operations and achieve cost beneficial enterprise-wide IT operation. Serves and participates proactively with other members of the senior management team to develop and execute strategic plans to optimize the use of information technology in support of health care and business objectives. Participates in policy and decision making at the health care network level regarding resource allocation and future direction and control of proposed information systems. Guides and directs the development of IT infrastructure risk management, contingency planning, and system performance.