Vice President - Medical Practice (Lead Physician) - Southern Illinois

SSM Health
Mount Vernon, Illinois
Oct 28, 2021
Oct 28, 2022
General Practice
Full Time
Position Type

SSM Health - Illinois seeks a Vice President Medical Practice to join its growing team. SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system.

SSM Health Illinois serves approximately 230,000 people in a nine-county area of southern Illinois. As one of the largest health care organizations in southern Illinois, SSM Health includes two regional hospitals located in Mt. Vernon and Centralia, our medical group, with eight family health centers and several specialty programs.

Joining our Illinois ministry as the VP-Medical Practice, along with your leadership team and the VP of Operations, successful candidates will oversee both primary care and specialty practices (physician and APP s) which include:

Bariatric Surgery Cardiology Express Care Endocrinology

Family Medicine Gastroenterology General Surgery

Internal Medicine Nephrology Medical Oncology Pediatrics

Podiatry Pulmonary/Critical Care Radiation Oncology

Rheumatology Sleep Medicine Urology

Key Responsibilities and Desired Outcomes:

  • Serve as the lead physician executive of the employed medical group
  • In partnership with the Medical Group Vice President of Operations, is accountable for delivering on key performance indicators of the medical group
  • Promote team building and collaboration across the medical group and Hospitals
  • Motivates, encourages and empowers physicians and clinical staff to achieve personal, organization and team goals by promoting a collaborative working environment.
  • Serve as a member of the regional leadership team providing strategic direction for continued growth and development of clinical services.
  • Collaborates with the Hospital and Medical Group leadership team to achieve clinical satisfaction and financial goals through the ministry.
  • Implements business plans for any new services added to the group
  • Works closely with the VP of Operations by assuming fiscal responsibility through budgetary planning and implementation
  • Establishes and monitors process improvement initiatives to achieve value-based outcome metrics.
  • Identifies and works collaborative with key internal and external customers, including local Critical Access Hospitals as well as independent groups.
  • Develop and implement a physician mentoring program to allow for development of physicians into future leaders.

Successful Candidates will possess:

  • Experience overseeing a larger group, either single specialty or multi-specialty in a medical director role or higher.
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence
  • Exposure to rural healthcare
  • Experience managing complex multi-specialty physician practice operations and/or multi-site operations within a health system
  • Experience developing/redesigning physician compensation models
  • Medical Degree from an accredited institution
  • Board Certification
  • Master s degree in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration or related field is a plus.

Job Summary:

Develops short- and long-term strategic and operational plans ensuring alignment with broader organization priorities. Provides leadership to help grow department and enhance medical group operations. Oversees an integrated delivery network. Oversees all entities and related health services within assigned area. Initiates key relationships with community and other health care leaders in the communities being served.

Job Responsibilities and Requirements:


  • Serves as a member of the leadership team providing strategic direction. Works effectively as a team member in a dynamic executive environment in a matrix organization, and promotes teamwork within and across the organization by maintaining positive relationships and utilizing effective problem solving skills.
  • Oversees human resource management for the assigned area creating a culture of employee engagement. Ensures HR policies are administered consistently across function. Organizes department through appropriate structure and delegation of functions. Identifies succession planning needs within the team.
  • Promotes team building and Motivates, encourages and empowers staff to achieve personal, organizational and team goals. Recognizes accomplishment. Encourages and provides opportunity for staff input and feedback regarding improvement opportunities.
  • Collaborates with leadership to achieve clinical satisfaction and financial goals throughout assigned area. Addresses and resolves issues between groups. Presents conflicts to senior leadership for resolution as necessary.
  • Implements business plans for assigned area. Translates initiatives into action plans at the departmental level with appropriate performance measures. Assumes fiscal responsibility through budgetary planning and Ensures financial goals are achieved for the assigned operating units. Establishes and monitors process improvement initiatives to achieve value based outcome metrics.
  • Identifies key internal and external customers and determines their principal requirements. Implements mechanisms and feedback processes to determine customer satisfaction levels. Creates an environment in which effective communication and responsiveness to customer needs are priorities. Provides timely resolution and response to customer complaints, concerns and suggestions.
  • Keeps up to date on national trends in health care delivery and population management. Provides oversight of regulatory issues and implications for medical groups at the local, state and national levels.
  • Maintains knowledge of administrative and safety policies and procedures and develops appropriate departmental policies. Ensures staff compliance and required record keeping. Maintains knowledge of federal, state and local regulatory and accreditation requirements which affect the assigned area and develops and implements processes to achieve and maintain compliance.
  • Participates in professional organizations and educational activities pertinent to health care leadership.
  • Regularly displays and encourages ethical behavior in the areas of business ethics, legal compliance, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, vendor relationships and the reporting of questionable activities.
  • Works in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Doctorate from an accredited school of medicine


  • Ten years' experience, with five years' in leadership


  • Frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 0-25 lbs.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, reaching and repetitive foot/leg and hand/arm movements.
  • Frequent use of vision and depth perception for distances near (20 inches or less) and far (20 feet or more) and to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Frequent use of hearing and speech to share information through oral communication. Ability to hear alarms, malfunctioning machinery, etc.
  • Frequent keyboard use/data entry.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, twisting and gripping.
  • Occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 25-50 lbs.
  • Rare climbing.

SSM Health complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

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