MercyOne is the largest health care system in Iowa. MercyOne was founded as Mercy Health Network in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan, two of the country’s largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations. MercyOne continues today over 20 years later under the latest agreement between Trinity Health and CommonSpirit Health. With its two owner-members, MercyOne owns and operates eight medical centers and other services in six major markets in Iowa—Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City, and Waterloo/ Cedar Falls—and community hospitals in seven other location and includes more than 3,200 licensed hospital beds. Under the joint operating agreement, MercyOne Des Moines and West Lakes are an asset of CommonSpirit Health. MercyOne West Lakes is a 146 bed, full-service community hospital. MercyOne Des Moines is the flagship and the largest hospital in the regional market with 656 licensed and 553 staffed beds.
Nursing at MercyOne has been stagnant for many years, and the time for dramatic change is now. The Chief Nursing Officer for MercyOne, Des Moines and West Lakes is a key leadership position for the organization and the successful candidate will be an individual with the knowledge, skills, style and mindset to have significant impact on the organization within and beyond patient care services. S/he will provide leadership and direction through direct reports in Acute Services, Critical Care, Professional Services, Emergency Services, and Trauma and Transport. The Chief Nursing Officer will oversee a budget of $87M. The successful candidate for this role will be an individual excited about the future of patient care delivery and the future role of nursing in new models for care. S/he will be an inspirational leader in that s/he will be able to capture the hearts and minds of an entire generation of millennial care givers, hold people accountable, change culture and utilize out-of-the-box thinking to design non-traditional staffing models and care teams. S/he will be an aspirational leader in that s/he yearns for a larger and broader leadership role in the future, including a role that spans beyond a single hospital or patient care services. The individual selected for this position will, at least in part, be selected based on his/her potential to assume succession planning opportunities and the perceived potential to take on broader responsibilities in the future. The following qualifications and experiences are essential in the role:
Master’s or Post Graduate Degree is required. Doctor of Nursing Practice or the willingness to pursue DNP is highly desirable.
Minimum 5-7 years in a senior level nursing position within a system or large hospital with experience in matrix level leadership structures. Experience at the CNO or Associate CNO level is required.
Strong knowledge of nursing practice and systems framework, excellent strategic thinking skills, strong financial and business acumen skills with demonstrated resource management and stewardship skills.
Strong abilities in continuous quality improvement concepts or LEAN Six Sigma.
Certification as a nurse executive advanced by ANCC and/or AONE.
High EQ with the demonstrated ability to engage staff and leaders across the organization in a significant culture change. Strong and finely-honed change management skills with certification in facilitation preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.
MMC-Des Moines has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search.