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A Game Plan For When Your CEO Leaves

Published October 18, 2012 3:49 PM by Adrianne OBrien

We're blogging live from CHIME's annual Fall CIO Forum in sunny Palm Springs! In the midst of all the knowledge flying around (Ted Koppel! Eric Topol, MD!) was an informative session today that focused on CIO words of wisdom. In Lessons Learned: Impacting the Long-Term Success of Healthcare CIOs, Patricia Skarulis, vice president and CIO at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, commented on the figure that 58% of CIOs predicted that their CEO will change within 7 years.

How do you best handle the situation? Skarulis offered solutions.

1. Have a plan in place, and treat your colleagues with respect.

2. Prepare stats. "We all serve at the pleasure of," noted Skarulis. "We put together a briefing book with an assessment of our facility, and had statistics ready."

3. Be positive. If you meet with a potential CEO candidate, "show joy" about your hospital, said Skarulis. "Have an elevator speech ready about what you do best and also challenges."

4. Be available. "After a candidate is hired, I always send a congratulatory note and say that my people are available to meet."

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