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Vice President - Operations, SSM Health Medical Group - Academic Division
Leadership | MO-SSM Health Westview Building | Saint Louis, MO | Req #: R81745

SSM Health - a nationally recognized Catholic, not-for-profit integrated health system serving Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin - is seeking a Vice President of Medical Group Operations for its Academic Division in St. Louis, Missouri.

The ideal servant leader will provide executive leadership, direction, and ongoing administration and management for all aspects of the academic medical group. Additionally, this health care executive will oversee the direction and day-to-day operations of all SLUCare Physician Group practices and advance practice providers with more than 500+ total providers in more than 30 practice locations, generating more than 500,000 annual visits and an operating budget of $300M+. The experienced leader will work in coordination with the Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs to plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee all operations within the division to ensure efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet the needs of faculty, providers, and staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides operational leadership for SLUCare Physician Group clinics, faculty management arrangements, clinical integration and implementation of best practices for clinical and business operations.
  • Leads the business and operational activities for the SLUCare Physician Group, including the measuring and monitoring of identified outcomes that will enhance patient care while also contributing to the financial success of the health system.
  • Responsible for leading the planning, budgeting, and operational excellence for SLUCare, in support of the operational & business leaders.
  • Develops strong internal and external collaborative relationships that foster the continued growth and strength of SLUCare in the communities we serve.
  • Leads by building trust, seeking guidance peer and executive team members and cultivating a culture of integrity, inclusion and mutual respect.
  • Responsible for supporting regional physician partnership across the medical groups and supports system initiatives regionally pertaining to the academic footprint.
  • Provides oversight and leadership to ensure that appropriate key performance indicators (KPI) are measured and achieved.
  • Builds a strong leadership team by development of new leaders, attracting new talent and retaining exceptional leaders to meet the needs of all departments.
  • Partners directly with the Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, the Strategy Vice President and SLUCare department chairs to develop a medical staff development and succession plan, along with annual recruitment planning with business directors and managers.
  • Provides innovative leadership to develop and foster a collaborative working environment between faculty, staff, leaders and executives to ensure an integrated approach to achieving the organizations goals and objectives.
  • Collaborates & supports the SSM Health Clinical Programs focused on exceptional outcomes, standardization, quality & patient experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree Required


  • Minimum 15 years demonstrated health care leadership in physician operational financial planning and implementation and physician practice management.
  • Demonstrated track record in assessing complex, competitive markets and in developing related growth initiatives in partnership across the continuum of physicians, payers, and/or other providers.
  • Proven ability to gain broad stakeholder support when developing, implementing, and promoting strategies, initiatives, projects and new ventures in a matrix leadership environment.
  • A systems-oriented thinker with the ability to analyze highly complex relationships and situations, promote entrepreneurial and innovative approaches.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 0-25 lbs.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, reaching and repetitive foot/leg and hand/arm movements.
  • Frequent use of vision and depth perception for distances near (20 inches or less) and far (20 feet or more) and to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Frequent use of hearing and speech to share information through oral communication. Ability to hear alarms, malfunctioning machinery, etc.
  • Frequent keyboard use/data entry.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, twisting and gripping.
  • Occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 25-50 lbs.
  • Rare climbing.

Additional Information

  • Reports directly to the SSM Health - St. Louis Region Medical Group Administrative President.
  • Is a member of the SSM Health Medical Group Executive Leadership Team.
  • Partners closely with the SSM Health Academic Ministries (SLU Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital).

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  • Malpractice insurance
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