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When planned or unplanned departures of vital leaders occur, partnering with Kirby Bates Associates for Interim Leaders is always a great solution. KBA works with hospital clients and provides high performing interim executives, directors and managers drawing from a national pool of seasoned patient care executives and healthcare leaders.

Interim leaders provide outstanding value and often come to the rescue for organizations at critical times. The departure of a leader, particularly an unplanned one, can leave an organization at a decision point of how best to continue with the organization’s agenda. Interim leaders provide high value leadership and management support that allows the organization to take the time necessary to recruit a permanent leader. In addition, Interim Leaders often benefit the organization by providing a fresh approach and perspective unencumbered by existing culture and constraints. Once a permanent executive has been chosen, Kirby Bates Associates Interim Leaders can assist in the onboarding of the selected permanent candidate to the environment, operations and challenges of the position and work with the organization during the transition.

Led by Executive Vice President for Interim Services, Doris Sinkevich, MS, RN, CENP, Kirby Bates Associates provides efficient and seamless transitions with Interim Leaders who are prepared to hit the ground running and provide expert service from the first day. Demonstrating an outstanding track record, Kirby Bates Associates placements have proven to be most successful in achieving organizational needs.

How one interim executive saved 1.4 million dollars.

Interim Director of Case Management
Type of Facility: Community hospital system in the northeast.
Length of Placement: 8 months

Organization’s Need: The unplanned departure of the Director of Case Management resulted in a client needing a highly experienced interim leader who could both fill the vacancy, and streamline best practices. Kirby Bates went to work, clarified organizational fit and needs and presented a winning candidate under budget. The interim leader assimilated quickly, identified areas for improvement, revitalized training programs, improved processes and implemented more sophisticated reporting measures — greatly exceeding client expectations.

Kirby Bates’ Interim’s Impact:

  • Within six months, the Interim Director achieved a combined value of $1.4 million savings:
    • 0.4 day reduction in length of stay
    • reduction in OBS by 13%
    • improved case mix index by 2%.
  • Created patient throughput process improvements to support respective metrics and reporting, including:
    • discharge forecasting
    • interdisciplinary rounds
    • case management in the ED
    • discharge execution
  • Created a case escalation training program for both provider and system-related delays in service.
  • Implemented the process to multiple audiences including case managers, medical directors, and administrators.