Leading healthcare organizations turn to Kirby Bates Associates to provide exceptional executives, interim management, leadership development coaching, and consulting services that address the most high-level challenges.

We build exceptional leadership teams.

Kirby Bates Associates, LLC, drives healthcare organizations to achieve high quality, cost-effective patient care through a continuum of proven solutions, including Executive Search, Interim Leadership, Leadership Coaching and Operations Consulting. Leading healthcare organizations turn to Kirby Bates Associates to provide solutions for their greatest leadership challenges.

We are experienced healthcare executives.

As successful CEOs, COOs and CNOs, we know firsthand the challenges facing healthcare leadership today, so we take a personal interest in solving our clients’ challenges. We build long term relationships with candidates and clients to understand their unique culture and circumstances. These insights guide us to present effective solutions and to achieve sustainable outcomes in executive, operational and clinical leadership teams.

We have been operated exclusively by healthcare executives since our founding in 1988 as Bates and Associates by two nurse entrepreneurs. We expanded our services in 2003 under the leadership of President and CEO Karen K. Kirby, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN with the goal of providing our clients with a continuum of services to meet their special needs.

In 2017 Kirby Bates joined the Jackson Healthcare family of companies, aligning itself with the nation’s third largest healthcare staffing company which serves 7.5 million patients in more than 1,400 healthcare facilities. Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage for its innovative solutions to healthcare challenges and its notable national and international charitable work.

We know your challenges firsthand.

Because we are healthcare professionals who have held executive level nursing and hospital operations positions, our clients and candidates are also our colleagues. Our ultimate goal is to support our colleagues in shaping exceptional healthcare leadership teams. Teams that take the lead in ensuring safe, high quality patient care. And, teams that are committed to positive patient and family experiences and the best possible outcomes.

The Kirby Bates Team stays at the forefront of emerging trends and challenges in healthcare leadership through professional organization involvement, graduate level teaching, and professional journal contributions. Our strong professional networks are a key source of our success, and we maintain strong professional relationships within our networks.

This integrated and complementary work provides our team with firsthand knowledge of contemporary issues and enriches our understanding of the expertise and competencies essential for success in the current healthcare environment.

We stay laser focused on our strongest growth factor over 30 years: candidates who return as clients, and clients who return for multiple engagements. We are committed to building long-term relationships. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.