Tahoe Forest Hospital CEO selection likely this fall
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The pool of candidates is narrowing in Tahoe Forest Hospital District’s search for a permanent leader.
Since the search was launched nearly three months ago, roughly 1,000 emails and more than 100 phone calls have been made to high level health care executives in California and beyond, said Don Whiteside, managing director of executive search for HFS Consultants, the firm hired to conduct the CEO search.
That outreach resulted in identifying more than 40 potential candidates, of which nearly 20 were determined to be qualified for the position, Whiteside said.
After phone interviews with the latter group, 13 remain. Eliminations were based on determining some would not be a good fit, were not qualified or withdrew their name from the running.
“This search is going well, and I’m very optimistic about having an excellent CEO for TFHD,” Whiteside said.
In the coming weeks Whiteside intends to meet with the remaining candidates either in person or via a video call in the event a candidate is too far away or too difficult to schedule.
A group of a finalists is expected to be chosen in early September, he said, with the TFHD board of directors to interview each in closed session before making a selection.
Finalist interviews and selection of a new CEO is likely to occur in either October or November, Whiteside said.
Since some candidates are employed, names will remain confidential until an agreement is reached with the new hire, he said.
HFS Consultants — which is being paid by TFHD a $100,000 flat fee for its services — originally estimated the search would take 120 to 180 days to complete.
Meanwhile, Jake Dorst is serving as TFHD’s interim CEO, a role he was appointed to in early May.
He replaced Virginia “Ginny” Razo as interim CEO, who was appointed to that position in late January and has since taken a CEO job with Curry Health Network in Oregon.
Razo replaced CEO Bob Schapper upon the board deciding earlier this year to not renew his employment contract after he served 12 years as the district’s leader.