Blanchard Valley Health System has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for their next Chief Information Officer.

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is a non-profit, integrated health system with historical roots that exists to serve their community in Northwest Ohio. Dating back 125 years, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has grown from a single hospital to a comprehensive health system offering a full continuum of care. As one of the largest employers in the area with more than 3,000 associates, BVHS serves an eight-county area and benefits from their strong community ties; a group of more than 400 volunteers support them through their contributions of both time and money.

Blanchard Valley Health System offers its employees rewarding careers that positively impact the lives of those in the community. Their employees fill more than just a role, but rather are partners in helping to grow the organization and further their mission of “Caring for a lifetime.”

Chief Information Officer Overview:

The CIO reports to the CEO and is a key member of the senior executive team.

This an opportunity to be the senior decision maker for all areas of IT; decisions making will frequently be outside area of primary expertise. In addition, the CIO will be actively involved in community activities.

The CIO will also serve as the senior IT professional and is the key senior contact with key vendors to ensure they meet their commitments, as well as serving as Chief IT strategist and ensuring a cogent implementable plan to prepare for future IT needs.

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • CIO or similar leadership experience in a complex healthcare environment
  • Ten or more years of experience in management and support of healthcare IT
  • Varied IT experience including shared and outsourced solutions
  • Experience on an executive leadership team strongly preferred
  • Experience with practice management, financial management and clinical management information systems a plus
  • Cerner experience a plus




For more information about the organization, position, and the community, click the “Full Profile” link (top right sidebar) or click here.

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


Cincinnati Children’s has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for their Assistant Vice President, Information Services position.

Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit academic medical center established in 1883, is one of the oldest and most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the United States. The medical center offers comprehensive clinical services, from treatments for rare and complex conditions to well-child care. Clinical procedures and treatments pioneered at Cincinnati Children’s are used throughout the world.

The children’s hospital was ranked No. 2 in the 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals list published by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved long-standing Most Wired status.

A Best Place to Work

Cincinnati Children’s believes in nurturing employees’ lives as well as their careers. Their benefits equal or surpass other hospitals in the region, and they offer one of the best working environments in our field. They offer a diverse and inclusive workplace, and a high-energy, high-achievement culture.

  • Cincinnati Children’s ranked No. 18 in Forbes’ first-ever list of best employers for women in the United States for 2018.
  • The Human Rights Campaign named Cincinnati Children’s a 2018 Healthcare Equality Leader in recognition for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, families and employees.
  • Cincinnati Children’s was inducted in to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work Hall of Fame” in 2008.
Assistant Vice President, Information Services Position Overview:

The Assistant Vice President will play a key role in setting strategic direction and shaping the future of technology at Cincinnati Children’s in conjunction with the IT leadership team and key stakeholders in the organization.

The role will be responsible for a variety of areas including:

  • Business Leadership including management of operating and capital budgets.
  • Change Leadership: This position partners with senior leaders and managers to lead and facilitate change in the delivery of technology.
  • People Management: The AVP manages the selection, development, evaluation and discipline of over a team in excess of 60 individuals.
  • Customer Service: The AVP serves as a source of expertise for enterprise-wide teams, clients, and senior leadership.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s strongly preferred)
  • Ten years of management experience is required
  • Ten years of experience within Information Systems is preferred
  • Strong strategy and planning skills
  • Customer focused
  • Demonstrated success leading large projects
  • Senior management of large-scale ERP, including installs
  • ITIL process preferred
  • Complex healthcare environment background, ideally in an academic system
  • Experience with large, complex organizations
For more information about the organization, position, and the community, click the “Full Profile” link (top right sidebar) or click here.

Please note: this is an exclusive representation by Kirby Partners and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Steve Bennett.

Wood County Hospital has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their Chief Information Officer position.



Organization Overview:

Wood County Hospital is a private and non-profit hospital in northwest Ohio that has over 800 staff members and 101 staffed beds. Specialties include cancer care, orthopedics, weight loss surgery, pain management, rehabilitation, and women’s health.

Wood County Hospital locations:

  • Wood County Hospital
  • Medical Office Building
  • Falcon Health Center
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Women’s Care of Wood County
  • Deshler Family Practice
  • North Baltimore Family Practice
  • Bowling Green Clinic
  • Bowling Green Family Physicians

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Chief Information Officer Position Description:

The Chief Information Officer is the leader of IT across the hospital and clinics. The organization views this as a key position that will drive innovation forward, looking toward the future of patient-led healthcare.

The CIO provides management direction and leadership for IT systems development, analysis and design, programming, implementation and acquisition of computer and communications equipment. The CIO acts as the Information Security Officer responsible for HIPAA Security compliance.


The CIO provides leadership for IT strategy and planning, budgeting, data integrity, and information security.

The Chief Information Officer will have direct supervision over Ambulatory EMR Manager, Acute EMR Manager, Applications Manager, Operations Manager and Cybersecurity. The IT department has a total staff of 16, three of which are direct report managers.

The CIO also serves as the chief security officer for the hospital, and will maintain HIPPA privacy standards with information encountered through the course of job functions.

Serving as the main contact person and working directly with hardware and software vendors, the CIO will ensure the needs and contract requirements of Wood County Hospital are being met.




  • Minimum of ten years previous experience as a senior executive in a healthcare information technology division with a strong track record of success.
  • Candidates should have previous supervisory experience, be able to effectively communicate with both experienced and inexperienced users, be able to take a broad overview of the computer functions at Wood County Hospital, and be able to evaluate future needs and trends in the area of computers.
  • Professional attributes should include strong leadership experiences, vendor management and negotiation skills, ability to develop and deliver a strategic technical vision, and an ability to get things done with limited resources.
  • Personal attributes should include a collaborative management style, desire to work within a family and community oriented work culture, and a team player mentality.



  • A Bachelor’s degree is highly desired.
  • Cerner experience is highly desired.
  • Strong technical skills will differentiate the best candidates.
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) preferred.


Akron Children’s Hospital has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their Chief Information Officer Position.


Organization Overview

Akron Children’s Hospital’s mission is to maintain the highest quality of compassionate care using the latest techniques, technology and equipment available within their resources. The organization has a staff of over 5,000 employees that includes 761 employed medical practitioners. Administering over 800,000 patient visits from around the country at its 2 hospital locations proves the health system’s commitment to improving the health status of children and adolescents everywhere.


Chief Information Officer Position Highlights

The CIO is the key executive leader responsible for enterprise information services, clinical engineering and communications. The CIO provides leadership for information technology strategy, vision and oversight.  They will provide strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of the information and technology systems for the health network.  Partnering with the CMIO and CNIO, they will oversee the system-wide development, optimization and ongoing evaluation of the electronic health record and other clinical systems.  They will also facilitate communication between staff, management, vendors, and other technology resources within the organization.  In addition, they will oversee the computer operations of management information system, including local area networks and wide-area networks.

Nationwide Children’s has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their Director of Information Services-Epic Position.


Organization Overview

Nationwide Children’s is creating the future of pediatric health care. Nationwide Children’s is America’s third largest pediatric health care and research center and delivers care to more than one million patients each year. Families travel from around the nation and around the globe to access life-saving treatments – many unavailable anywhere else. Nationwide Children’s has 68 facilities extending out across Ohio and beyond. Their doctors and researchers are revolutionizing children’s health and the health of future generations.


Director of Information Services-Epic Position Highlights

This position is the opportunity to serve in a key leadership role with a prestigious Children’s Hospital. The organization is financially secure, with $1.6 billion in reserves. They are heavily involved in research and genomics, which allows the Director of Epic to be involved in data analytics. All of Epic, including the clinical systems, revenue cycle, interfaces as well as physician practices will be part of this director’s responsibility. The position reports directly to the CIO and is one of 7 directors in Information Systems. The organization sees this as an extremely important position for where they are heading.  The IS EHR Director is responsible for the overall direction of all Electronic Health Record systems, interfaces and associated systems and applications.

Organization Overview

University Hospitals Case Medical Center is a 1,032-bed tertiary medical center specializing in adult/ pediatric medical and surgical specialties. UH Case Medical Center is also the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. Together, they form the largest center for biomedical research in the state of Ohio. The nine hospitals in the University Hospitals system are a mixture of critical access, community and specialty facilities.

Position Highlights

This position will oversee an IT staff dedicated to ancillary clinical applications (lab, radiology, cardio, and research). The director will lead a number of projects are on the schedule for the next 24 months including: Replacing the cardiovascular application; Lab upgrade for MU2; Radiology Vendor Neutral Archive / Enterprise Imaging; and Building a research informatics team.