Karen has over thirty years of diverse healthcare administration and consulting experience and has held top-level nursing and hospital administration positions in the US and abroad.
Karen assumed the Chief Executive role at Kirby Bates in 2003. She wanted to combine her experience and expertise in nursing and hospital administration with her experience in healthcare consulting to shape exceptional healthcare leadership teams and ultimately improve patient care.
Karen was previously the Senior Vice President for Patient Services at Boston University Medical Center, and Associate Director of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1990, she entered the international healthcare arena as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Healthcare International, LTD, an international tertiary care hospital and hotel complex near Glasgow, Scotland that she helped to design, equip, staff, commission and then manage. She began her consulting career in 1995 as a Senior Consultant, and then a Director, at Harvard Medical International, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where she provided consulting services in India, Abu Dhabi, Spain and various other international locations.
Karen has published papers on topics important to nursing administrators, including variable budgeting, operating room productivity and alternative patient care systems. She is particularly skilled in organizational evaluation and re-design, program planning, variable budgeting and staffing, and facility design. She quickly evaluates an organization and/or department and develops cost-effective recommendations for improving structure, roles and outcomes.
Karen has a strong professional network. She has been a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) for over 30 years, is a Past President and current member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire (ONL), a current board member of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL) and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Karen is also on the board and active in On Nursing Excellence, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to expand the effectiveness, efficiency, wellbeing and recognition of the healthcare workforce and she is a member of the API Advisory Board.
Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan, her Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of California, San Francisco, and she completed a Johnson and Johnson Nursing Executive Fellowship at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, PA. Karen is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).
M. Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN
With more than thirty years of diverse healthcare leadership experience, Jane has expertise in executive search, leadership, and consulting. Prior to joining Kirby Bates in 2007, Jane held senior executive search positions with regional and international search firms. She has successfully managed executive and senior leadership searches for a broad range of healthcare organizations and systems across the country.
Jane has served in executive level positions as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer in Massachusetts and Michigan. In these roles, Jane led the revitalization and turnaround of operations and patient care services. As the Vice President for Patient Care Policy for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, she worked directly with cabinet-level policy makers and provided leadership on state and federal policy. She has also established coalitions among health industry leaders and initiated action on critical healthcare legislative, regulatory and programmatic issues. Jane has consulted with healthcare organizations on leadership infrastructure, resource management, patient care services redesign, and achieving financial and quality imperatives.
Professionally active, Jane has served on a number of committees and boards for community, healthcare and professional organizations. She has presented at state and regional forums on a number of topics and has published in leading journals and publications. Jane is actively involved in the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); the Organizations of Nurse Leaders MA, RI & NH, and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.
Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University. She completed a post-graduate program in Health Policy at Harvard University and received certification in Health Care Mediation through Boston University School of Public Health. Jane is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Emmanuel College School of Nursing and teaches Organizational Development in Healthcare in the graduate program.
Peggy Loughery, MSN, RN
Peggy has over fifteen years of diverse management and education experience in teaching, not-for-profit, and for-profit hospitals. Prior to joining Kirby Bates Associates, she held positions as nurse manager, nurse educator, and nursing supervisor. During her tenure as Nurse Manager, her unit was awarded Unit of the Year from Nursing Spectrum. Peggy also served as the Director of Staffing at the Medical College of Pennsylvania where she actively participated on the contract negotiation team and led the organization through a Nursing strike. In addition, Peggy has served as an interim manager and consultant in the areas of quality, staffing and scheduling. She has presented on clinical topics such as restraint reduction as well as patient focused care.
Since joining KBA in 2005, Peggy has conducted more than 200 leadership searches at organizations across the country. She has exceptional expertise in research and candidate development and has outstanding interpersonal skills. Peggy forms strong working relationships with clients and candidates and effectively meets client timelines by ensuring an efficient search process. Peggy also has a very broad and diverse professional network.
Peggy is a graduate of Hahnemann University/Drexel School of Nursing and completed her Bachelor's degree with honors at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University in 2018. Peggy is actively engaged in professional and community activities. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL) as well as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SEPONL).
Judy Hayes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Judy Hayes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC joined Kirby Bates in 2017 as Vice President of Executive Search and Interim Leadership. With 35 years of nursing leadership experience, Judy Hayes matches KBA clients with culturally complementary candidates.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Judy served as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, a Partners Healthcare member. Before that, she was Director of Professional Practice Quality and Staff Development; Director of Utilization and Care Management; and held other leadership roles at hospitals throughout the region.
During her tenure, Judy developed special expertise in creating new systems and roles for facilitating the nursing department’s adoption of new technology, as well as new clinical roles. She also earned national recognition for patient satisfaction and quality results.
Judy earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Saint Anselm College and was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing from Salem State University. She is board certified in Nursing Executive Administration by the ANCC and is a member of ONL for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, and AONE. Judy also serves as a member of the editorial board for Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
Livonne Engebrecht, BA
Livonne has been a Search Associate at Kirby Bates Associates since April 2015; she started her career in executive nursing recruitment in 1998. During her twenty years in recruitment, Livonne has developed expertise in a variety of skills, including careful listening for the nuances in the details. She respects the interests of clients and candidates, and strives to fully comprehend the goals and visions of the individuals and organizations that KBA serves. Your goal becomes her goal, your vision is her priority!
Livonne is passionate about her responsibilities at KBA, including presenting top tier candidates to our clients, and working with candidates as they explore the ideal next step in their career. It is her privilege to contribute to meeting the leadership needs at hospitals and healthcare organizations. Livonne admires and respects executive nurses for their expertise, education and dedication to delivering excellent patient care.
Livonne grew up on Long Island NY, has lived in Westchester County NY, Sonoma County CA and currently resides in Portland, OR. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1990.
Erinn Quinlan joined Kirby Bates Associates as a Search Associate in February, 2015. She brings a strong background in recruiting, determination and enthusiasm. She has worked in the recruiting and marketing field for the past 13 years in the healthcare and corporate fields. She started her career with Medstaff Inc. for two years recruiting Nurses for the Army Medical Centers in San Diego & Hawaii. She then moved on and spent eight years at General Healthcare Resources where she built up the territories in Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia and Berks Counties handling the staffing, marketing and retention for the Allied Health Department. Wanting to gain more experience in the onboarding process she then began a career in the corporate field as the Talent Acquisition Manager at Connect America, the medical alert device company. There Erinn managed a team of three recruiters and handled the recruitment and onboarding process for all new candidates. Erinn earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration at Delaware County Community College in May 2005.
In her free time, Erinn has young twins, Jake and Ivy, that keep her and her husband very busy, but of course having a lot of fun chasing them around.
Shari Berenson joined Kirby Bates Associates as Operations Manager of Search Services in January of 2017. Her work for KBA is focused on ensuring operational efficiencies among the Retained Search team and coordinating logistics between clients and candidates during the interview phase.
Prior to joining KBA, Shari served as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Product Officer for Progress Software, NC, supporting a global team. Shari’s career combines healthcare administrative and executive search experience that spans over 15 years. She served as Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and the Vice President of Operations at Lahey Beverly Hospital, and as Executive Assistant for two Boston‐based executive search firms: CT Partners and RM Nephew and Associates. In the latter positions, she supported senior partners in C‐Suite and Board recruitment.
Doris A. Sinkevich, MS, RN, CENP
Doris has over thirty years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience in acute care, behavioral health, and long term acute care settings including public and private hospitals, for-profit organizations and private industry. She has held senior nursing leader leadership positions at multiple hospitals along with serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Westwood-Pembroke Health System and Walden Behavioral Care, all in Massachusetts. In addition, she has served as an interim Chief Nursing Officer and Healthcare Consultant in numerous hospitals throughout New England.
In 2015, Doris assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Interim Services at Kirby Bates Associates. She leads the service line that provides expert executive and service line interim leaders at times when organizations are in need of transitional leadership. With considerable experience in C-Suite positons and as having served as an interim executive, Doris brings a unique perspective in leading the highly effective KBA interim leadership program.
Doris has demonstrated proficiency in many settings that have required significant change. Her greatest skills are often demonstrated in situations requiring turnaround and restructuring to achieve exemplary outcomes. She quickly establishes positive working relationships within environments and through this is able to develop highly functioning results-oriented teams. She has fostered transformation in several organizations resulting in highly reliable performance, consistently achieving high value, quality improvement and cost efficiency.
Doris has been a long standing member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) along with being a Past President, Board member, current member, and committee member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT, and VT (ONL). She has frequently served as a preceptor for nursing administration master’s degree students along with being a faculty member for review courses for the ANCC certification process. In addition, she is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has received recognition awards from a number of community groups including hospice and community life centers in reflection of her commitment to broaden the agenda of hospitals beyond the hospital walls.
Doris received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Boston University School of Nursing. She holds distinction in being in the inaugural group of nurse executives who received national certification as Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) through the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).
Jacquie Acheson, AAS
Over the past thirty years, Jacquie has gained a strong background and many successes in administrative support roles in hospitals in MA, as well as customer service and operational support in the financial and sales industries. Jacquie joined Kirby Bates Associates in March 2016. She ensures that operational details of every interim engagement are efficiently managed to streamline activities for interim leaders, while meeting all onboarding requirements to the client’s satisfaction. Her expertise in organization, execution and attention to detail is exceptional and supports the expanding KBA interim service line.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Jacquie served in Executive and Senior Administrative support roles at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and Walden Behavioral Care in Massachusetts. She has served in other administrative support and sales positions at several Fortune 500 companies, along with being a founding partner in 1985 of a successful insurance inspection company.
Jacquie received her Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration from Katharine Gibbs in Boston in 2006.
Pamela DeCampli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Pam has over thirty years of broad management experience in university teaching hospitals, private not-for-profit hospitals, and for-profit community hospitals. She has held senior nursing leadership positions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She was the Vice President for Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Graduate Hospital and the Chief Operating Officer at Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Pam has served on the Nurse Advisory Council of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at MCP Hahnemann University for over six years. She has also been a Clinical Instructor at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, and a Clinical Associate at the Villanova University College of Nursing. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association (PNA) Philadelphia County District and has served on multiple PNA committees and boards. She served as President to the Board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders in 2013. She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Association of Perioperative Nurses, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was on the Board of the local ACHE Chapter for 6 years. Pam currently serves on the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and on the Board of Consultors to the Villanova University School of Nursing.
Pam received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. She is certified through the American Nurses Credential Center as a Nurse Executive Advanced.
Pam is particularly skilled in assessing organizations and developing practical approaches for enhancing both the quality and financial performance of services provided. She is also adept at identifying operational opportunities within the perioperative service line. As the Executive Vice President for Value Added Services at Kirby Bates Associates, Pam leads the consulting and coaching service lines. She is a skilled professional, certified coach, and is frequently engaged to mentor and coach healthcare leaders. She has also given multiple presentations on managed care, pricing strategies, quality measurement, contemporary management models, and other leadership related topics as well as a published author in the area of executive coaching.
Lorrie Favret Anderson
A knowledgeable sales and marketing healthcare industry professional, Lorrie has broad experience in business development, sales management, new product launches, and start-up business leadership. She began her career in the pharmaceutical sales industry with Lederle Laboratories and Wyeth in 1993. Lorrie distinguished herself as a reputable leader and effective sales professional with her ability to build trust and promote strong, long-lasting customer relationships by partnering with them and understanding their needs. Lorrie has worked with personnel from a wide variety of healthcare organizations including community hospitals, academic medical centers, and independent physician offices and managed care organizations.
Lorrie’s start-up experience began in 2007 as Director of Business Development with Vestagen Protective Technologies, delivering advanced performance textile technologies to the medical market, focused on reducing hospital acquired infections. She then served as Director of Marketing for Agile Health, a start-up digital patient engagement organization offering a suite of trusted behavioral change programs using interactive text messaging.
Lorrie earned a BA in Political Science with French and History minors from the University of Alabama where she lettered in Waterskiing and served in the legislative and executive branches of Student Government. Lorrie is an avid runner, likes to travel and is a devoted school and church volunteer. She and her family live in Central Florida.
Jennifer Insua, BS
Over the past fifteen years, Jennifer has held various positions in hospital administration and healthcare human resources. Jennifer joined Kirby Bates Associates in September 2007. She is responsible for the operation of all office and human resource functions and financial management.
Prior to joining Kirby Bates, Jennifer served as a Human Resources Recruiting Assistant at Tenet Healthcare’s Philadelphia Regional Corporate office. She also served as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Nursing Officer and the Vice President of Clinical Services at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, and the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Elkins Park Hospital in Elkins Park, PA.
Jennifer received her Associate Degree in Science from Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ and her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Betsy joined Kirby Bates in 2014 after serving for five years as a Research Specialist for an executive search firm serving children’s hospitals nationally. Her responsibilities include: electronic marketing; formatting and revision of candidate resumes; researching organizations and resources; database and mailing list maintenance; and assistance with coordination and travel of candidates and staff.
Prior to beginning her career in search, Betsy spent 14 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine as an Analyst and Manager in Administration and Finance. She attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business from 1989 – 1994
Excited, energized, motivated, eager, enthusiastic – all words to describe how a nurse manager or director feels about the opportunity to advance or transition into a new leadership role. Conversely, there can be moments of angst, indecision, and uncertainty as unknown situations call for untried solutions. And once the on-boarding process and close connection with a formal preceptor is concluded, new leaders can at times feel uncertain about next steps in their role transitioning process. Often new managers question their decisions but frequently there are limited trusted colleagues or mentors to assist in difficult problem solving circumstances. These are the times when nurse executives seek additional support engaging outside assistance in order to ensure the new leader is successful. In steps the professional coach; a seasoned nurse leader who can assist with the next stage of essential role transitioning.
The Kirby Bates Associates coaching program is designed around several key elements and incorporates face to face site visits geared towards the exploration of skillset proficiencies. An intake assessment is conducted by the coach and includes one on one meetings with the new leader; observations in the clinical environment; interviews with peers, staff, physicians and superiors using open ended behavioral questions; and the manager’s completion of the American Organization of Nurse Executives "Nurse Manager Skills Inventory Tool."
The interview and observation elements are the most pivotal portions of the program as they evaluate the new leaders valued strengths as well as incorporate productive criticism. The synthesis of these collected data elements results in the compilation of a written initial assessment report, which outlines findings and next steps, along with a timeline, of the coaching process. This report is reviewed with the hiring manager and nurse executive as well as the new leader. An agreed upon course of action is determined and progress is measured during the six month coaching engagement.
Many times, the new manager will identify the business and financial aspects of their new role as the most important element of focus. But more frequently, it is the relationship development, political awareness, and communication elements that require needed intervention. One way to manage the disconnect between the manager’s personal assessment and those obtained during the intake assessment is to summarize solicited responses to the open ended interview questions in a simple spreadsheet outlining overarching themes. This diminishes the personal aspect of the message and focuses the work on general perceptions and desired results. Confidential coaching, competency education, and supportive communication are provided by the coach in person and also using web based distance learning mechanisms.
Learning modules are tailored for specific competencies and human resource elements. Action learning is employed allowing the new leader to gain confidence and alter their style as needed. Coaching suggestions are always delivered in a productive exploratory manner supporting introspection and the use of appreciative inquiry. Positivism is the basis for all learning interventions supporting better understanding of complex problems. Implementation of mutually agreed upon actions ensuring the smooth transition of the Nurse Manager includes the development of unit operational plans, understanding roles, timelines and milestones of project management, and demonstration of foundational and critical thinking skills.
As the coaching engagement continues, progress in competency achievement is measured and discussed with the manager. Concise updates are provided to the nurse executive, and hiring manager when applicable, and course adjustments are made along the way. At the conclusion of the six month engagement, a final written report is developed by the coach and shared with all parties. Recommended strategies for the continued success of the Nurse Manager and ongoing confidential consultation and support by the coach are offered, and frequently taken advantage of. A coaching evaluation tool is completed by the manager and also shared with all parties.
Since the inception of the coaching program in 2008 at Kirby Bates Associates, thirty-three leaders, comprised of nurse managers, directors and nurse executives from nine organizations in seven states have participated in the coaching process. Participant outcome evaluation ratings, measured on a scale of one to five with five being the highest, indicate 95% of all participants consider the program to be at the highest level. More importantly, evaluation comments reveal the following participant views: "Most importantly, my coach gave me emotional support. I always looked forward to our meetings and was excited to share any good or bad news." Another manager stated, "The discussions with my coach were the best; her review of content, examples, and open communication style were appreciated. She was nonjudgmental, open and available".
Furthermore, retention statistics of all participants reveal that out of the 33 participants, twenty-five, or 76%, have remained in their respective leadership positions with the longest being a little over seven years. Five leaders have subsequently been promoted and as is sometimes the outcome, three individuals were assessed to not be the correct fit for the position and were ultimately not successful in their respective roles.
Sustained results from the program demonstrate the advancement of the new leaders’ self-reliance while supporting the development of their respective work team. Participants learn to capitalize on their strengths while diminishing weaknesses, a key aspect of appreciative inquiry and transformational leadership. More importantly, managers learn to keep their options open and expect good surprises along the way. They stay committed to the leadership journey striving to be the best nurse leader they can be.
Outcomes were important to identify as well. While engagement and retention were foremost, effective use of the leadership skills learned was also of value. As a result of this investment, several healthcare organizations’ witnessed the following: zero turnover and increased feelings of satisfaction, empowerment, and ownership after five years’ time. This has resulted in increased quality outcomes and improved employee satisfaction. When comparing leaders who received this support versus those that did not, the coached group ranked higher in the leader development process using the classic Nine Box grid to identify talent management. In the coached group, the majority landed in the future star, solid performer, or key performer categories.
Executive coaches can be very helpful in training effective, strong and engaged nurse managers. The outcomes metrics indicate this is a needed investment for the future success of our leaders, wherever their career paths may lead them. And indeed, the personal relationship and connection with the coach has sustained long term relationships with many managers who continue to seek advice and guidance.
How We Develop Talent
Our Leadership Coaching practice is led by KBA’s Executive Vice President and certified coach Pamela DeCampli, RN, MSN, NEA-BC. The goal of every coaching engagement is to benefit both the organization and the individual. We assist the individual in gaining the skills and self-knowledge to develop a personal leadership style that aligns with the organization’s needs.
Program componets are:
an on-site assessment, including competency validation
a formal agreement between the coach and coachee to work together on clarifying goals, setting priorities, developing strategies, creating action plans, staying focused and productive, tracking progress and measuring results
confidential coaching sessions conducted in person, by phone or in a web-based meeting
structured learning opportunities as well as real-time exploration of challenges that arise
A coaching engagement typically is completed in four months, after which the coach stays in touch with the coachee through periodic contact.
Meet Our Coaches
Led by Executive Vice President and Certified Coach Pamela DeCampli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Kirby Bates Associates has a consortium of coaches available to provide specialty expertise to solve your leadership challenges:
New Manger skills building
Service lines development
Business and financial management
Inter - C-Suite relationship facilitation
Board of Directors development
Mary Baron, BBA, MSN, RN, CPA
Mary is skilled in mentoring emerging nurse leaders in the areas of financial management and budget development and analysis in consideration of meeting operational objectives and productivity analysis. Mary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Simmons College. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Nancy Formella, MSN, RN, FACHE
Nancy is certified by the Gestalt International Study Center as a Professional Coach and is skilled in supporting nursing executives in the transition to COO and CEO roles. Nancy brings a broad array of professional expertise to the Kirby Bates coaching repertoire and is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare executive professionals. Using a focused assessment tool and 360 evaluations, Nancy develops an individualized coaching plan capitalizing on strengths.
Connie Yuska, MS, RN, CENP, LCS
Connie is a certified Executive Leadership Coach through Xcellero Leadership. Connie employs Appreciative Inquiry in her coaching approach supplemented with a focus on the strengths of the leader, recognizing that strengths can also contribute to a focus on identifying opportunities for improvement. Connie is skilled in the areas of succession planning and competency development for emerging leaders.
Cynthia Dixon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, CPC
Cynthia is an accomplished and innovative Healthcare Executive, Consultant and Coach, with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare leadership. As a transformational leader and cultural change agent, Cynthia has held senior level positions in proprietary, non-profit, academic, community and rural hospitals. Cynthia holds certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Aveta Business Institute, and as a Professional Certified Coach (Life and Leadership) from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
Larry A. Anstine, FACHE
Larry is an accomplished healthcare executive who has counseled and led individuals as well as large-scale academic and not-for-profit medical centers for more than 30 years. Recognized for exceeding results, his strategic nature and collaborative leadership style drive high performing teams to operational excellence. A sought-after panelist and presenter, Larry’s role on various community and healthcare related boards, combined with his vast healthcare experience, have resulted in a highly-regarded practice as a consultant, coach and mentor.
Amy Smith, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, ACC
Amy is a board-certified coach, healthcare executive, and author. Amy brings a wealth of expertise in leadership development, healthcare operations, strategic growth, and clinical excellence to the Kirby Bates team. Amy is passionate about empowering others to reclaim control of their lives and careers, conquer their biggest challenges, and pursue their personal and professional dreams with renewed energy and excitement. Amy is also a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, Advanced Holistic Nurse, and integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach.
Gay Cunningham MSN, RN, FACHE, ACC
Gay has guided organizations to improve and sustain outstanding patient satisfaction scores and quality metrics; and helped to develop leaders in every organization she’s led. She uses thought provoking questions to challenge her clients to look at their options in different ways. Her clients have identified improvements with difficult conversations, change management, work-life balance, setting and achieving goals, and career transitions. Gay is experienced with EMR conversions, major patient tower moves, and patient flow and holds certification through the International Coach Federation.
Debra Doroni, MBA, ACC
Debra is a certified executive and leadership coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation. She brings to her coaching more than 25 years of experience as an executive, having held strategic and operational leadership roles in large and small physician practice, academic hospital and for-profit healthcare settings. Debra’s focus areas include strengthening relationships with supervisors, colleagues, and supervisees, developing organizational, strategic and implementation skills, creating, exploring, or preparing for new professional opportunities, enhancing executive presence, and overcoming beliefs and situations that hinder professional effectiveness. She has a special interest in supporting healthcare professionals who are experiencing or are at risk for burnout.
Develop healthcare leadership talent for today and tomorrow
Kirby Bates boasts a broad array of coaching expertise tailored to the most specific needs for executive, operational and financial skills development.
Set your newly appointed leaders on a path to success with critical competency and skills development.
Build a team that’s ready to take on new leadership roles as they become available.
Position your organization to be ready for growth.
A core belief at Kirby Bates Associates is that healthcare teams become exceptional when they have exceptional leaders. Our clients believe that too, which is why they contract with us to search for permanent or interim leaders when a need arises. We developed our Leadership Coaching practice because we also believe organizations often overlook a far more cost-effective approach: developing internal talent.
The cost of coaching to prepare talented individuals for leadership positions is a bottom-line bargain compared with the cost of recruitment and interim placements to fill vacancies. Can anyone say that more convincingly than a company deriving most of its revenue from executive search and interim placements?
A coaching engagement typically lasts four months:
An on-site assessment, including competency validation
A formal agreement between the coach and coachee to work together on clarifying goals, setting priorities, developing strategies, creating action plans, staying focused and productive, tracking progress and measuring results
Confidential coaching sessions conducted in person, by phone or in web-based meetings
Structured learning opportunities as well as real-time exploration of challenges that arise
On-going periodic support after the conclusion of the engagement
Kirby Bates’ coaches engage one on one, or one to many, to cultivate specific skills which develop internal talent for organizational effectiveness and succession planning.
Coaching clients in same or higher role, 3 years out