Nominations for UNC P&A Chief Operating Officer

As many of you know, Keith Gran has accepted a position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. We are currently in the process of finding a replacement for the position of Chief Operating Officer at UNC Physicians & Associates. We are seeking nominations from within the UNC Health Care System.

From Dr. Marschall Runge:
As many of you know, Keith Gran has accepted a position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. This represents a major promotion for Keith - he will be CEO of the University of Mississippi Practice Plan which is a free-standing corporation with significant autonomy. I know I speak for all of us in wishing him well.

We are currently in the process of finding a replacement for the position of Chief Operating Officer at UNC Physicians & Associates. I am chairing the search committee for this position. The members of the search committee are: Alan Stiles, Doug Dirschl, Emma Beckham, Ron Lingley, Bob Collichio, and Kim Schneider. We are seeking nominations from within the UNC Health Care System. Please contact me directly to nominate a colleague, or yourself for the position. I can be reached at mrunge@med.unc.edu. A position description follows. The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 15.

Job Description
UNC Health Care:  UNC Physicians & Associates
Chief Operating Officer
The COO has overall responsibility for the functions and staff of the physician practice plan, UNC Physicians & Associates (UNC P&A).  The central function for the COO is to oversee and direct all operational and financial units of UNC P&A including: fiscal services, physician benefits, billing and collections, human resources, compliance, physician contracting, malpractice as well as management of ambulatory operations.  In this role, the executive staff of UNC P&A and ambulatory administration report directly to the COO who, in turn, reports to the President of UNC Physicians.

In addition, the COO is expected, in collaboration with the President of UNC Physicians, to define clinically-oriented administrative structures within the School of Medicine, define new strategic directions for the practice plan, supervise physician human resources, collaborate in devising financially sound tools for clinical budgeting and planning and develop programs to address clinical quality concerns.  As part of the above structures the COO along with the President of UNC Physicians is expected to chair the Clinicians Operating Group and facilitate its activities within the clinical enterprise.

The COO will also work closely with other components of the UNC Health Care System to ensure integration of cross-departmental programs and appropriate integration of clinical programs with outside hospitals, physicians, and other medical groups.  This position also is required to monitor, supervise and negotiate, as appropriate, transition of UNC P&A functions and their associated University support to other agencies in the UNC Health Care System.  In these roles the position will report directly to the President of UNC Physicians of the UNC Health Care System and sit on the UNC Health Care System Executive Council, working collaboratively with appropriate agencies within the UNC Health Care System.

The performance of these duties requires a high degree of communication and collaboration with other major officers of the UNC Health Care System including the UNC Health Care System COO, CFO, Hospital COO, University Counsel, and the Chief of Staff.  In addition, effective and recurrent consensus-building will be necessary with clinical department chairs, department administrators and clinical faculty.  Reports on the UNC P&A enterprise by the COO will be expected on a recurrent basis to the UNC P&A Board of Directors, the UNC Health Care System Board of Directors and appropriate clinical groups.
 
It is anticipated that competitive candidates will have:

  1. Experience as a senior administrator (academic department or section, hospital department, practice plan administrative unit) in an Academic Medical Center;
  2. An MBA or comparable professional degree, or a MD with significant financial experience;
  3. A willingness to participate in an accelerated selection process including interviewing and final selection within two months with an anticipated starting date before January 1, 2010.