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Tahoe Forest Hospital CEO search firm: Process could take 4-6 months

Margaret Moran
Jake Dorst
Courtesy TFHD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jake Dorst is officially serving as Tahoe Forest Hospital District’s interim CEO, as a search for a permanent leader begins.

At a special Friday meeting, the hospital board of directors unanimously approved amending Dorst’s chief information officer contract to include the CEO role for a six-month period.

According to his new contract, which is effective until Nov. 1 or upon the start date of a CEO, Dorst will be paid $244,482, up from his $190,000 CIO annual compensation.

Should a permanent CEO start before six months elapse, Dorst will fully revert back to the CIO position. Otherwise, new contract terms will have be negotiated and agreed upon.

Meanwhile, Oakland, Calif.-based HFS Consultants, a health care management recruiter that will conduct the CEO search, estimates the effort could take between 120 to 180 days.

“We will make every effort to expedite the process, but our main concern will be finding the best candidate,” according to an agreement with HFS Consultants that the TFHD board approved Friday.

HFS intends to do a regional search, but with “appropriate outreach” on a national level, according to its agreement. It will target key executives in health care, professional colleagues and candidates identified from its database or research.

During the selection process, internal input — in the form of an advisory committee to the personnel committee, which board directors Charles Zipkin and Dale Chamblin sit on — and community input will be taken to help identify desired qualities in a new CEO, according to the district, and such information will be relayed to HFS.

The district will pay a $100,000 flat fee to HFS Consultants, rather than a search fee of 33 percent of the permanent CEO’s first year compensation, including base salary and bonus.

“It is the preference of the recruiter to do that, so there can’t be any question that they were encouraging a higher base pay for a new hire so their commission would be greater,” said Jayne O’Flanagan, human resources director for TFHD.

Dorst replaces Virginia “Ginny” Razo as interim CEO, who was appointed to the role in late January and has since taken a CEO position with Curry Health Network in Oregon.

Razo replaced CEO Bob Schapper upon the board deciding to not renew his employment contract after he served 12 years as the district’s leader.

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