Southern Illinois Healthcare has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Senior Director of Enterprise Applications.

Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH), located in Carbondale, Illinois, is a not-for-profit health system that includes four hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, a Level II Trauma Center, and more than 30 outpatient and specialty practices.

SIH holds affiliations with Prairie Heart Institute, SIU School of Medicine Family Practice Residency Program, Siteman Cancer Network, and the BJC Collaborative (a partnership among health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas).

Facts and Figures:

  • 3,826 employees
  • 621 medical staff
  • 2,171 births
  • 378 licensed beds
  • 17,577 inpatient discharges
  • 724 ICU discharges
  • 79,038 ED visits
  • 192 special care nursery discharges
  • 11,307 surgeries (inpatient and outpatient)
  • 226,486 primary care clinic visits
  • 518,619 outpatient registrations
  • $175,951,860 total community benefit

* Figures based on SIH 2022 Annual Report

Senior Director of Enterprise Applications Position Overview

The Senior Director of Enterprise Applications (SDEA) is a newly created position for SIH. The SDEA will report to the CIO and oversee four direct reports (the total team size is 50). This key leadership position will bridge the gap between the CIO and the manager level, adding accountability, improving productivity, and providing mentoring.

The SDEA will:

  • Plan and manage large-scale implementation projects
  • Develop and promote standardization
  • Anticipate the needs of the organization
  • Partner with leadership to deliver high-value IT solutions
  • Align/exceed organization objectives
  • Build and sustain professional relationships at all levels of the organization

Initial projects include these high-visibility initiatives:

  • Assisting with the transition and implementation of Epic into a newly acquired hospital
  • Application optimization and Epic updates
  • Workday implementation (June 2024)
  • Transition to Epic Hyperdrive (2024)
  • Potential implementation of Salesforce into the call center

Culturally, SIH is a mission-driven organization focused on compassionate care, safety, and quality. SIH offers a good work/life balance, and the SDEA may work remotely. To support career growth and development, the organization offers tuition reimbursement.

This position is an excellent opportunity for an individual wanting to work for a progressive CIO and shape the future of a department. For candidates seeking career growth, this position may provide a career path to the CIO role.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of healthcare/business operations experience
  • 10+ years of information technology solutions experience
  • 5+ years of complex project leadership and/or supervisory experience
  • Verifiable Application Team and Project Management training or competency
  • Extensive experience mentoring and developing future leaders


  • Master’s degree in appropriate discipline with significant systems, project management, and leadership training
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems or equivalent
  • Experience moving applications to a cloud environment
  • Significant Epic experience
  • ServiceNow experience
  • Salesforce experience


  • The SDEA can enjoy a remote working environment with occasional travel on-site (1-4 times a year).

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Jaclyn Gates.

Baxter International, Inc. has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Senior Director, Enterprise Architect.

Baxter International, Inc. is a global medical equipment manufacturing company that provides solutions for diagnostic, critical care, nutrition, kidney care, hospital and surgical products to millions of patients, caregivers, and providers. 

For 90 years, Baxter has been making an impact at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers who make it happen. 

Baxter’s portfolio of products, therapies, and digital health solutions is available in more than 100 countries, building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations.

Baxter’s acquisition of Hillrom in 2021 has formed one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, centered around a shared vision to transform healthcare. 

Baxter invests in companies with innovative technologies, products, and therapies that accelerate growth and advance patient care. Each investment opportunity undergoes a rigorous evaluation process to determine if it has the potential to address unmet clinical needs and offer sustainable long-term growth. Baxter’s investment focus includes therapeutic areas complementary to Baxter’s presence in critical, hospital, nutritional, renal and surgical care, as well as cutting-edge technology and therapies.

Baxter supports the pioneering efforts of clinicians and scientists through its research and external funding and university partnerships to those who are focused on innovative research, and continuing education for healthcare professionals.

Senior Director, Enterprise Architect Position Overview

The Senior Director, Enterprise Architect is an exciting opportunity to work at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers that make it happen.  

The Senior Director, Enterprise Architect will partner with healthcare customers to develop and deliver bespoke solutions based on Baxter’s products.  This position will also work with Baxter’s product team to develop the future roadmaps of Baxter’s products.  

The Senior Director, Enterprise Architect will act as a technology leader and SME supporting Baxter’s U.S. Hospital Products Organization (USHPO). 

Reporting to the Vice President of Innovation & Enterprise Technology, this role is directly responsible for the review, design, delivery and execution of Enterprise level solutions for Baxter U.S. customers.



Bachelor’s degree and/or 7+ years of work experience in enterprise architecture solutions management.


  • Must have experience supporting clinical environments to include Acute Care environments.
  • Experience working with hospital systems’ technical leadership and third party hospital information system providers such as Cerner, Epic, Meditech, etc.
  • Experience designing solutions that utilize Containerization and Virtualization. 

Attributes/skill sets:

  • Deep knowledge of enterprise technology and architecture. 
  • Strong business acumen and ability to understand complex workflows and business processes.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to implement enterprise solutions.
  • Comprehensive project management understanding and experience.
  • Ability to proactively engage in executive presentations and white board sessions.
  • Baxter’s enterprise software solution architecture and implementation is on-premises and an understanding of different enterprise architecture methodologies is needed.
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional dynamic team environment. 
  • Ability to work independently, under minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong analytical, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Creativity in addressing technical challenges.
  • Technical depth or breadth in one or more systems environments and strategic technologies.
  • Ability to assist with medical device integration projects. 
  • Must be able to travel 30-40%. 
  • Background in Hospital IT is preferred.

This is a remote opportunity that does entail travel to client sites and occasional visits to Baxter’s U.S. headquarters in Chicago.

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Bryan Kirby.

University Health has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Chief Medical Informatics Officer – Ambulatory.

University Health, a comprehensive health system with a hospital and outpatient clinics, has one of two Level l trauma centers for adults and the only Level l pediatric center and burn program in South Texas.

The hospital is the primary teaching facility for the UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine, and serves as a clinical training site for nurses and other healthcare professionals.

A two million square foot, 300-bed hospital with new Women and Children’s Hospital is under construction and slated to open August 2023.

Facts and Figures

  • 30 outpatient locations
  • 9,000+ employees
  • 2,400+ physicians
  • $2,073,255 revenue*
  • 637,859 total community visits*
  • 3,213 births*

*Figures based on 2019 Annual Report

Chief Medical Informatics Officer – Ambulatory Position Overview

University Health has a mature IT organization that has achieved HIMSS Level 7 and Most Wired Level 10. They had a successful go-live of Epic in July of 2020 and received the Good Install award. The IT organization is committed to supporting the continued growth of University Health while leveraging technology to support patient care.  

The Chief Medical Informatics Officer – Ambulatory is a highly visible executive and medical leader who supports and promotes Epic optimization and effective use to ambulatory clinicians and administrators.

They will report to the CIO and will work in close collaboration with the CMIO – Inpatient.  

The CMIO – Ambulatory will help determine which new features to install and help define strategic clinical priorities for continuous improvement. They will also encourage other clinicians to participate in the direction-setting and adoption of Epic.

This sense of community ownership should help clinicians see Epic as something they’re participating in to improve clinical workflows and clinical documentation in the care of patients.  

The CMIO – Ambulatory will leverage Signal data from Epic to help ambulatory physicians become more effective and reduce ‘pajama-time’. They will also serve as a liaison between Ambulatory administration, clinicians, project governance, executive sponsors, and the Epic team for optimization, upgrades, and management of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Culturally, University Health requires a strong commitment to: 

  • Service excellence 
  • Positive clinical outcomes
  • Cost efficiency
  • Performance enhancement 
  • High business ethics 


Required Education & Experience:

  • Medical degree and current board certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties
  • 10+ years of experience in direct patient care
  • 5+ years of experience as an Epic provider leader with progressive responsibilities 
  • Direct experience in the use and management of Epic in the ambulatory setting

Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Epic Physician Builder 
  • Formal training in healthcare informatics
  • Experience as a provider leader in hospitals, medical group practice, academic medical centers and public hospitals
  • Master’s degree with formal education in medical management, business administration, or public health


  • Must possess a current active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Texas.

Key Attributes:

  • Team player
  • Adaptable in a changing environment with shifting priorities and tight deadlines
  • Strong executive presence with the ability to interact at all levels of the organization

Please note, this is a fully on-site position. No remote or hybrid candidates will be considered. 

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Margaret Cowan.

Duke Health has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture.

Duke Health is an integrated health system based in Durham, North Carolina with three hospitals and includes the Duke University School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School, Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System, and the Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC physicians practice.

The health system has more than 140 specialty and primary care clinics, and educational and research institutions that serve Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the state’s fourth-largest private employer. 

Position Overview

Reporting to the Associate Chief Technology Officer, the Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture will be responsible for translating institutional strategy into technical needs and requirements for Duke Health. The Enterprise Architect is responsible for leading architecture teams while defining and providing the technical direction for solution architecture designs and system engineering for infrastructure, middleware, mobile and platform solutions. This key position facilitates execution of strategic initiatives and the implementation of technologies across the portfolio using new and traditional architectures. The Enterprise Architect will be a part of the CTO organization and provide industry leadership on key design decisions balanced against resource impacts and risks to Duke Health.

Upcoming Projects:

  • Architecting Duke’s cloud-smart strategy
  • Epic disaster recovery readiness
  • Establishing the architecture for the Nference partnership

An Exciting Partnership:

In addition, Duke Health and Microsoft Corporation are embarking on a 5-year, innovative partnership aimed at responsibly and ethically harnessing the potential of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technology to redefine the health care landscape.

By marrying Duke Health’s leadership in patient care and medical research with Microsoft’s technological expertise, this strategic alliance will usher in a new era of innovation, including the creation of a Duke Health AI Innovation Lab and Center of Excellence.

Microsoft will equip Duke with state-of-the-art training to foster a cloud-savvy IT workforce and construct a secure cloud environment to simplify and modernize IT operations. In addition, Duke intends to leverage Microsoft’s secure cloud analytics solutions to streamline clinical care, promote health equity, and further advancements in both research and education. To illustrate, Duke’s strategy involves utilizing cloud analytics to equip its researchers and clinicians with the ability to pinpoint and address the significant health challenges prevalent within the community.

The SDEA will have full-scale responsibility over security, infrastructure, and blended solutions for this partnership.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of progressive experience in a combination of IT design and architecture disciplines with at least 3 years of solution architecture experience and 3 years of management experience
  • If no degree, 10 years of progressive experience in a combination of design and/or architecture disciplines

Required Skills:

  • Well-versed in enterprise technology buying and evaluation processes paired with a strong understanding of hyper-scale computing solutions and experience building, architecting, designing, and implementing highly distributed global cloud-based systems
  • 5+ years of experience implementing virtual environments in private and public cloud environments (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • Experience in architecting, developing software, or Internet scale production-grade big data solutions in virtualized environments
  • Ability to work, communicate effectively, and influence stakeholders on internal/external engineering teams, product development teams, external partners, and executive-level leadership
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to interpret customer business and technical needs
  • Outstanding problem-solving and analytical skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in a healthcare environment
  • Experience in Big Data within the cloud, including data analytics/warehousing, and with database design/querying
  • 3+ years managing an architecture team
  • Experience in emerging technologies including Enterprise cloud computing AI platforms, Machine Learning, and Data Lakes

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Jaclyn Gates.