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The Evolution of C-Suites in Health Systems: Shifting Priorities and New Roles in 2023

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The Evolution of C-Suites in Health Systems: Shifting Priorities and New Roles in 2023

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The landscape of C-suites in health systems has witnessed a significant transformation in 2023. Some systems have pruned positions, while others have incorporated new ones, mirroring the industry's evolving priorities. This shift has been particularly evident in academic health systems, focusing on the integration of their educational and medical wings.

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Creating New Positions in C-Suites

Addressing staffing shortages and talent pipelines has fostered the creation of novel roles like chief clinical and academic integration officer and chief academic officer. These renovated roles underscore the focus on merging educational and medical domains within academic health systems. In some instances, existing roles have been split to distribute responsibilities, expediting the decision-making processes.

Embracing Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a priority for C-suites, with dedicated chief AI officers being hired for guiding them through the tech's gray areas. They oversee the ethical and responsible implementation of AI, ensuring that its integration aligns with the health system's goals and values.

Increasing Environmental and Women's Health Concerns

2023 has seen an increased interest in health systems' environmental impact, leading to the appointment of sustainability chiefs. Moreover, with the nationwide shuttering of birthing units and rising maternal mortality, women's health has ascended to the C-suite at multiple health systems. The creation of roles like chief medical directors of women's health signals this shift in focus.

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The C-Suite in Flux

The changes in the C-suite landscape have been characterized by CEO turnovers and the addition of new executive roles. This has been exemplified by health systems like Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System, which has moved several leaders into new roles, reflecting the diversity of its workforce and community. Amidst this period of growth, new executive roles are being added to elevate fresh ideas and perspectives.

Recognizing Influential Healthcare Leaders

The '100 Most Influential People in Healthcare' list for 2023, released by Modern Healthcare, honors the executives leading the reshaping of care delivery in the country. The honorees include leaders of various healthcare sectors, wielding influence and clout, and making an industry-wide impact. This list also highlights the ascension of pharmacists to high-level positions such as vice presidents, presidents, COOs, and CEOs outside of pharmacy, underlining the importance of pharmacy leadership in healthcare.

The landscape of C-suites in health systems continues to evolve in response to the shifting priorities and challenges in healthcare. As we move forward, the addition of new roles and the renovation of existing ones will continue to shape the industry, fostering innovation and enhancing patient care.

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