Vice President – CHW Campus & Support Services

For more than 125 years, Children’s Wisconsin has been 100 percent focused on bringing the very best care to children. As one of the nation’s top pediatric health systems, Children’s Wisconsin treats children of all ages for everything from routine checkups to the most serious and complex medical conditions. Children’s delivers specialized care and the support children need to live healthier, happier lives.

Children’s Wisconsin is the region’s only independent, not-for-profit health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. In Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin, they provide children and their families a wide range of care and support, everything from routine care for ear aches and sore throats to life-saving advances and treatments. Their academic partner, The Medical College of Wisconsin, brings many of the nation’s most well-respected doctors to the Children’s Wisconsin team of employees. Children’s Wisconsin works to ensure that every child and family they serve receives nothing but the best care. 

Children’s is in the midst of a four-year project to upgrade and replace facilities on the Milwaukee Campus. Recently completed new construction has enhanced their ability to offer the best and most-advanced pediatric care, including a six-story, 237,000-square-foot addition, providing children with specialty clinics and Surgical Services. The next stages of the Children’s Wisconsin campus upgrade project will include a new Emergency Department and retail pharmacy, scheduled to open in Q4 2023.  

Children’s Wisconsin has been ranked among the best in the nation in 6 specialties included in US News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals report. The Hospital is a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center and a Level 1 Children’s Trauma Center. From 60 kids served in their first year, 1894, Children’s Wisconsin now has more than 1.3 million annual touch points, including 384,000 specialty care visits, 284,000 primary care visits, and more than 16,000 yearly surgeries. 

In Covid-impacted 2020, the system continued to support patient families by conducting 75,000+ virtual visits, 30,000 of which were video visits were for mental and behavioral health. 

Guided by and following its organizational mission of C.A.R.E., (Caregiving, Advocacy, Research, and Education), Children’s Wisconsin partners with schools and neighborhoods throughout Wisconsin via robust community support programs: The organization provided more than 531,000 community health and safety program touch-points in 2020. 

Position Description

The Vice President, CHW Campus & Support Services is responsible for implementing the strategic programming objectives of the system by incorporating them into the long-range planning process for facilities, equipment, construction, environmental services, and other capital resources needed to support new programs and initiatives. The Vice President will drive system resources to optimize the forecasting, planning, evaluation, prioritization, acquisition, and successful utilization of new and renovated facilities, space, and non-medical equipment, including appropriateness, availability, cleanliness, safety, cost effectiveness, proper use, and function.  

Reporting to the President & Chief Operating Officer CHW/EVP, CHHS, the Vice President will lead the departments of Facilities Operations, Facilities Development, Environmental Services, and additional contracted non-clinical support services. The Vice President will have oversight of two hospital locations: The main campus in Milwaukee and Fox Valley Hospital-Children’s Wisconsin, located in Neenah, WI. System oversight also includes more than 40 offsite locations. 

The Vice President will participate in the Milwaukee Campus Improvement Project (MCIP), which is designed to enhance clinical collaboration and efficiencies, improve the child and family experience, and support the use of new technologies. 

System-wide facility oversight responsibilities for the Vice President include:

Facility Development: The Vice President will plan for new space and renovations, to include long range master planning. The Vice President will engage with architects, engineers, and contractors to evaluate, program, design, and construct new or renovated spaces and infrastructure. The select candidate will monitor expenses and manage the process of developing system-wide standards for space, furniture, and equipment.  

Facility Operations: The Vice President has overall accountability for plant operations, capital budgets, and staff management. They will initiate and when needed, drive the facilities department to meet the evolving needs of the system, and current best practices.

Environmental Services: The Vice President has accountability for contracted services, including operating and capital budgets, and staff management. They will initiate and drive the department to meet the evolving needs of the system, and to implement current best practices in EVS.

Qualifications

Culture matters at Children’s Wisconsin. It is more than a word. Children’s culture requires that the select candidate embrace a collaborative, collegial leadership and communication style. The select candidate will possess attributes of a Servant Leader, with strong verbal and written communication skills. They must be a knowledgeable team builder, possessing technical and soft skills. The values of the select candidate must align with the values of Children’s Wisconsin – Purpose, Collaboration, Integrity, Health, and Innovation. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Engineering, Construction Management, or related field, is required. A Master’s degree in Health Care Administration, Business Administration, Healthcare Technology Management, Engineering, or related field, is strongly preferred.

Knowledge of management principles is required, as is five to seven years of progressively responsible healthcare leadership. Knowledge of hospital operations, environmental services, administration, and federal, state, and local codes and regulations is required. Experience and knowledge in healthcare construction, to include planning, design, construction, occupation, administration, and project delivery systems, is required. 

Analytical skills necessary to evaluate personnel and equipment, develop effective budgets, plans, and goals, and to evaluate and maintain standards of quality and safety, is required.

The Vice President must possess a leadership style that builds credibility and achieves positive outcomes. They must lead by example and maintain high standards, while embracing a culture of respect, mentorship, and staff development. Soft skill expertise is a must-have in the Vice President position.   

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Gosselin/Martin Associates is an established leader in healthcare consulting. The firm is a leading healthcare management recruiter and provides healthcare management skills education to facility departments in hospitals and systems across the country. If interested, please contact us at peter@gosselin-associates.com or at 508-660-1800.

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