VP Executive Health Affairs/UKHC

Lexington, KY
Apr 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Kentucky is seeking a highly accomplished, dynamic and inspirational leader to become the next Executive Vice President for Health Affairs (EVPHA) to lead UK HealthCare through its next phase of growth. The new EVPHA inherits a rapidly evolving healthcare system well positioned for continued success in the blended missions of quality clinical care, teaching, research and service. This position truly represents one of the most exciting leadership opportunities in U.S. healthcare today and the right leader will be poised to have tremendous impact locally, regionally, and nationally.

The EVPHA is the senior executive for health sciences and health affairs at the University of Kentucky. As such, the EVPHA establishes the leadership standards, strategic direction, and performance expectations for the organization and its officials. Specifically, she/he provides the leadership, strategic direction, visioning, future planning, and coordination for the overall academic, research, and clinical delivery enterprises across UK Healthcare.

As one of three senior executives (Executive Vice Presidents and Provost) at UK who report to the President, the EVPHA serves as an important member of the President's Council, which is responsible for the entire University enterprise. Therefore, a critical role for the EVPHA is to conduct himself/herself as a leader not only in matters of health sciences and health affairs but also across the entire University. With the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Provost, the EVPHA works collaboratively across the campus, its varied programs, and within its leadership structure to assure a harmonious, collaborative, and cohesive leadership environment.

The executive search firm of Spencer Stuart has been selected to recruit for this position. To be considered, you must complete the UK application and apply to the specific requisition AND contact Shannon Yeatman, Senior Associate at Spencer Stuart at syeatman@spencerstuart.com or (202) 251.3222.

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VP Executive Health Affairs/UKHC

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Lexington, KY

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Physical Requirements

The essential job functions of this position require you to: provide visionary and strategic leadership and fiscal and resource management; communicate and build strategic working relationships with staff, faculty, and other individuals from diverse backgrounds; abide by University guidelines; maintain confidentiality; prioritize and manage work effectively; positively represent UK HealthCare; and report to meetings at different locations both on campus and off campus.


Primarily days, with additional hours as needed to perform job duties.


The ideal candidate will have exceptional skills in all elements of healthcare administration, including, but not limited to: board and physician relations, strategic planning, academic service line development, patient care, finance, academic medicine, physician joint-venture development, information technology, human resources, government relations, marketing, and vendor/payer contract negotiations. The ideal candidate will also have financial and business acumen with the strength and judgment to effectively utilize available resources, faculty, and staff. Finally, the ideal candidate will be comfortable with and able to work well in ambiguous and matrixed environments, and will have a clear history of success in building and maintaining strategic collaborations.

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Preferred Education/Experience

The ideal candidate will have an M.D. or other relevant advanced degree {advanced degree in research (Ph.D), health services (D.P,H., M.P.H., or M.H.A.), business administration (M.B.A.), or nursing (D.N.P.)} and successful senior leadership experience in a complex academic medical center or other similarly complex health-related organization with a strong and consistent financial performance.

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University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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  1. * UK HealthCare recognizes the patient as our premier customer and promises to provide excellent customer services to patients, colleagues, co-workers and all others who seek our services. By applying for a position with UK HealthCare, I am indicating my commitment to service excellence and expressing my agreement to consistently recognize that: - Our customer is every person we come into contact with during our workday. - Service is being flexible, courteous and respectful while anticipating and fulfilling the needs of our customers. - Quality is the foundation of everything we do. It is our desire to provide exceptional service to every patient and customer we serve. - Careful, efficient and responsible management of our resources is vital to our success. - We want to attract, develop and retain highly skilled and competent co-workers, which will in turn achieve customer loyalty and promote the growth of UK HealthCare. By submitting my application for employment with UK HealthCare, I acknowledge that I will be held accountable to follow the UK HealthCare Behavioral Expectations if selected for a position with UK HealthCare. Do you agree to abide by the UK HealthCare Standards?
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