Top 3 Reasons to Engage Interim Healthcare Leadership


Interim leaders can save the day in myriad situations when a healthcare organization is facing temporary leadership vacancies and transitions, specific project needs, and performance improvement opportunities. These are the top 3 scenarios in which high-performing health systems make the smart choice to engage interim executive leaders:

1. Leadership Vacancies and Transitions

When there is a sudden or unexpected vacancy in a healthcare executive role, an interim executive leader can step in to maintain continuity of quality, operational efficiency, and financial performance until a permanent replacement is found. Likewise, an interim leader can buy valuable time to allow a thorough process during an extended executive search.

The interim leader will further help to bridge the gap between the outgoing and incoming leaders. This assures a smooth transition and that patient care, operational efficiency, and financial performance are not compromised.

2. Project Management

If your healthcare organization is embarking on a significant project, challenge, or initiative that requires specialized leadership, such as implementing a new electronic health record system, an interim leader with deep experience and expertise in that area can be brought in to oversee the project’s success.

Some healthcare organizations create interim executive leadership roles to address specific challenges or opportunities. For example, they may hire an interim leader to focus exclusively on improving patient satisfaction scores or reducing staff turnover.

3. Performance Improvement and Regulatory Compliance

For a department struggling with performance issues, an interim executive leader with a track record of performance improvement can assess the situation, develop action plans, and lead the team to better outcomes.

Further, when an organization needs to address compliance issues or prepare for a regulatory survey, an interim leader with expertise in compliance and quality improvement can be beneficial. If there is a need for focused staff development or training initiatives, an interim leader with expertise in education and training can implement and oversee these programs.

When considering the use of an interim executive leader, it’s essential to clearly define the scope of their role, responsibilities, and expected outcomes. Additionally, selecting an interim leader with relevant experience and expertise is crucial to assure their effectiveness in addressing your organization’s specific needs.

Related read: Learn how one interim leader improved a 250+ bed hospital’s bottom line

Kirby Bates Provides High-Performing Interim Healthcare Leaders

Kirby Bates’ interim leadership services have helped healthcare organizations make efficient, seamless leadership transitions for decades. Our vast network of seasoned interim healthcare executives allows us to – quickly – find the right leader for your organization during times of instability or opportunity.

Our laser focus on successful, cost-conscious outcomes for our clients has made us a trusted partner for leading healthcare organizations across the U.S.

To find out more about our interim leadership services, get in touch today!