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Top Women in Healthcare Staffing 2021

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CHG Healthcare’s Top Women in Healthcare Staffing recognizes leaders and rising stars in physician and advanced practice recruiting, staffing, and retention. The award spotlights the women who have demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in their career, quality in recruitment and retention, and a commitment to the growth and improvement of the healthcare staffing industry in 2021. (Winners are listed in alphabetical order.)

Marjorie Alexander

Marjorie Alexander-Vermeulen, MBA, CPRP, RMSR
Managing Director, Physician Recruitment
ChenMed

Marjorie was born and raised in the Netherlands and has worked in physician recruitment for 25 years on three continents (North America, Asia, and Australia). She currently serves on the board of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR). She is humbled to work as the Managing Director of Physician Recruitment for ChenMed, a national value-based care organization dedicated to transforming care for the neediest populations, honoring seniors with VIP care.

Amy Burns

Amy Burns, MBA
System Manager of Physician Recruitment
Ascension St. Vincent’s

Amy has 12 years’ experience in healthcare recruitment, and she’s passionate about recruitment that provides affordable and compassionate care to the residents of Indiana. Amy and her team are responsible for full-cycle provider recruitment at 22 hospital ministries as well as outpatient facilities serving residents in 57 counties across the state of Indiana, and they oversee the hiring and onboarding of an average of 100 physicians and advanced practice providers each year.

Kim Collins

Kim T. Collins, CMSR, MBA
Lead Physician Recruiter
Luminis Health Medical Group

Kim has more than 25 years of healthcare experience with 20 of those years in physician recruitment. Kim is past-president of American Association of Physician Liaisons (AAPL), is a Board Member of the Mid-Atlantic Physician Recruiter Alliance (MAPRA), Affiliate Chair at Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR), Vendor Committee Member for AAPPR, and is on the Mid-Atlantic Recruiter Alliance (MAPRA) marketing committee. Kim was also a part of the Illinois Staff Physician Recruiter (ISPR) committees.  

Aisha Deberry

Aisha DeBerry, MBA, CPRP
Group Director, Physician & Advanced Provider Recruitment
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Aisha is responsible for directing strategic recruitment initiatives for Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Virginia. She has over 20 years in the healthcare recruitment industry and serves on the board of directors for the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR). She is a former chair of the membership committee for Academic In-House Recruiters (AIR).

Tiffany Ellington

Tiffany C. Ellington, MBA
Vice President of Physician Recruitment & Retention
McLeod Health

Tiffany has been with McLeod Health for 17 years where she has built a robust physician recruitment department, as well as created an in-house applicant tracking system that enables her team to maintain efficiency with candidate activity. Tiffany and her dyad partner, CMO of McLeod Health, Dr. Dale Lusk, developed the Physician Leadership Academy, a successful resource for physicians at McLeod Health. Tiffany is a results-oriented leader, who relies on a proven process to recruit and retain the most qualified physicians for McLeod Health.

Carey Goryl

Carey Goryl, MSW, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR)

Carey Goryl is the CEO of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR). An accomplished executive for the last 15 years, she has a passion for harnessing the power of people and ideas to do great things, especially in physician and provider recruitment. She is an active mentor and speaks regularly on recruitment research, remote teams, and leadership.

Lindsay Hamilton

Lindsay Hamilton, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, CPRP
System Director, Provider Recruitment
Northern Light Health

In her 20 years in recruiting, Lindsay has developed a true appreciation for the importance of a strong and engaged workforce. Her professional experience has been in the education and healthcare industries with a strong focus in strategic leadership and hard-to-fill positions. As a board member of the Northeast Physician Recruiter Association (NEPRA), Lindsay is able grow provider recruiter networks and mentor provider recruiters.

Kate Kaegi

Kate M. Kaegi, CPRP
Senior Leader of Physician, Provider, and Executive Talent
SSM Health Dean Medical Group

Kate has had a long-standing and successful career in physician and provider recruitment. She works directly with her health system’s leaders to ensure alignment of strategic clinical and executive hiring plans for her region and provides transparency of her team’s performance efforts to both medical groups and hospital leadership. Kate has served on several committees for the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR).

Nicole Kiser

Nicole Kiser
Locum Tenens Recruiter
Aspirus Health

Nicole recently celebrated her eighth anniversary with Aspirus Health, based in Wisconsin. Working her way up through the recruitment ranks, Nicole shines as a locum tenens recruiter. She developed a system-wide, centralized locum tenens program that she continues to enhance. Nicole is trademarked by her bright optimism, graceful persistence, and dedication to delivering providers to the patients who need them. 

Melissa Love

Melissa M. Love, MA, PHR
Vice President, Professional Staff Services and the Office of Professional Well-Being
Ochsner Health

Melissa has 20 years of human resources experience and currently leads a team focused on physician and advanced practice provider recruitment, onboarding, and well-being across the organization. Her role partners her with physician and division leaders to develop and implement strategies to drive engagement and retention. Melissa also partners with Ochsner’s Chief Wellness Officer to oversee the Office of Professional Well-Being.

Krstine Olson

Kristine A. Olson
Senior Director, Physician & Professional Services
Essentia Health

Kristine has a commitment to delivering the care needed to her community, close to home. In her role, she has oversight of the medical staff office, recruitment for physician and credentialed practitioners, locums for physician and credentialed practitioners, and contracting for the same groups. Kristine is committed to leading her teams based on a growth mindset.

Amy Powell

Amy Powell, CPRP
Director, Provider Recruitment and Retention
Reid Health

Amy joined Reid Health more than 17 years ago and has been instrumental in the development of the health system’s recruitment and onboarding program for physicians and advanced practice providers. She is a Certified Physician/Provider Recruitment Professional of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) and is a Member of the Indiana Society of Physician Recruiters (INSPR).

Sasha Randolph

Sasha Randolph, AASPR
Recruitment and Retention Manager, Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center
Rural Health Education and Services, The University of Kansas Medical Center

Sasha is responsible for the coordination and assessment of the KRRC health workforce recruitment and retention initiatives, with an emphasis on rural and underserved settings. She is a member of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) and is also a board member for the National Rural and Retention Network (3RNet), a nationwide nonprofit specializing in healthcare jobs and education to the rural and underserved workforce.

Christy Ricks

Christy Bray Ricks, MHA, CPRP
AVP, Provider Recruitment
LifePoint Health

Christy has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, having served in both administrative and technical roles. She brings her extensive skillset to LifePoint Health, which has 84 hospital campuses in 29 states. She is skilled in physician relations, team building, process improvement, and leadership. Christy currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) Vendor Relations Committee.

Laura Screeney

Laura Screeney, CPRP
Director, Physician Recruitment
NewYork-Presbyterian

Laura’s physician recruitment team serves as a strategic partner to NewYork-Presbyterian and their academic partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia. Laura has served in leadership roles with the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) and Northeast Physician Recruiter Association (NEPRA). Laura received the 2018 AAPPR Lifetime Achievement Award for her volunteer work as a leader, educator, and mentor.

Jennifer Semling

Jennifer Semling, CPRP
Manager, Talent Acquisition
Altru Health System

Jennifer Semling began her career at Altru Health System as a Physician Recruiter in 2008. In 2016 she became the Manager of Provider Recruitment and over the course of the last five years has provided oversight to recruitment and staffing of all providers and leaders. Additionally, she’s involved in numerous other human resources functions within the Altru Health System. 

Kayla Silver

Kayla Silver, CPRP, CMSR, MHA
Physician Recruiter
Monument Health

As a Physician Recruiter, Kayla says that growth is the underlying passion that drives her recruiting acumen. She’s been in physician recruiting for more than seven years and takes pride in pairing the very best physicians with facilities in the community. Monument Health’s recruiting success continues to expand and strengthen local healthcare. Kayla says it’s these victories that drive her to grow personally through education, networking, and leadership.

Jennifer Waters-Plemon

Jennifer Waters-Plemon, CPRP
Physician and APC Recruiter – Onboarding Team Lead
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Jennifer has been with Marshfield Clinic for 15 years. She has been an active member of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) and Wisconsin Staff Physician Recruiter (WSPR) since 2012. Jennifer says she enjoys the challenge of recruiting physicians and advanced practice clinicians to rural communities and is proud of the onboarding program recently developed at Marshfield Clinic Health System.

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About the author

Jen Hunter

Jen Hunter has been a marketing writer for over 20 years. She enjoys telling the stories of healthcare providers and sharing new, relevant, and the most up-to-date information on the healthcare front. Jen lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, two kids, and their geriatric black Lab. She enjoys all things outdoors-y, but most of all she loves rock climbing in the Wasatch mountains.

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