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Chief Medical Officer

SSM Health
Saint Louis, Missouri
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 29, 2022

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Avoca Search has been retained by SSM Health, an innovative and nationally recognized non-profit, multi-state Catholic health system to assist in the recruitment of candidates to serve as their Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  Reporting to the Chief Clinical Officer, the CMO performs a pivotal role in supporting and advancing physician engagement, integration, and alignment with primary responsibility for advancing continuing improvement in clinical quality and patient safety across the health system.  This is a tremendous opportunity for a strong physician executive to join an organization poised for continued growth, already one of the country’s more prominent and respected fully integrated health care delivery systems.

SSM Health has been serving the comprehensive health needs of 58 communities in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin for the past 145 years through an integrated system of 23 hospitals, 290 physician offices and other outpatient and virtual care services, 12 post-acute care facilities, comprehensive home care and hospital services, a pharmacy benefit company, a health insurance  company, an accountable care organization, and nearly 40,000 employees and 11,000 providers who are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.

With a strong foundation in quality, safety, and service excellence, the CMO will provide clinical leadership expertise and oversight ensuring optimal evidence-based patient care and high-quality outcomes in all venues across SSM.  A strong understanding of care delivery, capacity management, technology, and ability to lead through influence is vital.  The CMO is responsible for supporting best practices in the delivery of value-based care, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and advocating for new growth in clinical capabilities.

The ideal candidate will have experience in a highly complex, multi-hospital healthcare environment with an understanding of the transition from volume to value in an integrated health care system. Candidates will be visible physician leaders with an executive presence, a transparent communication style and clinically credible with an ability to collaboratively deliver results and lead through a team-oriented approach. Candidates should have strong business and financial acumen and be viewed as a strategic, highly collaborative leader. Candidates must have an earned medical degree and demonstrated experience managing and leading measurable improvements in quality, safety, patient satisfaction, and cost of care. 

To learn more about this position, submit your resume, or to recommend a colleague, please contact the executive search consultants supporting SSM: Jennifer Bauer at or Julie Courtois at

At SSM Health, diversity, equity and inclusion are integral parts of who we are and a reflection of our Mission and values. We believe that workplace diversity is essential to our success. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of diversity among our patients, employees, physicians, providers, customers, and communities.

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