Market Chief Medical Officer

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Employment Type
Full Time
Hours / Pay Period
Standard Hours
Facility / Process Level : Name
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers, as well as two specialty hospitals, providing a total of 965 licensed beds: 

  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center 
  • MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center 
  • MercyOne Newton Medical Center 
  • MercyOne Centerville Medical Center 
  • MercyOne Children’s Hospital 
  • MercyOne Clive Rehabilitation Hospital 

With more than 7,000 colleagues and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health professionals, MercyOne Central Iowa is one of Iowa’s largest employers. 


MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. The MercyOne system has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.


This is the senior physician leader position responsible for providing leadership, management and strategic direction to ensure the delivery of high quality, cost-effective health care consistent with the mission of Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines (MMC-DM) and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to better meet the needs of the community.  The Vice President & Chief Medical Officer (CMO) serves as the senior physician leader working with others to set the vision and strategy for the organization.  The CMO is responsible for improving clinical performance, overseeing conversion to evidence-based medicine, lead safety initiatives and direct quality assurance for Mercy.  The CMO will have accountability for the oversight of all physician vice presidents who have operational accountability for employed physicians and relationships with independent physicians.  The CMO provides on-going counsel and advice to the Medical Directors and elected medical staff officers on physician matters.  The CMO assures compliance with corporate policies, by-laws and mission statement of the organization and assures clinical efforts meet or exceed standards of the various accrediting and approving bodies.  The CMO serves as staff support to the Mercy Board of Directors and will perform special projects as assigned by the CEO and/or the Board.  The CMO will work closely with his/her counterparts within CHI.  The CMO will also work closely with the Vice President responsible for the Mercy Accountable Care Organization.  The CMO will work collaboratively with the Leadership Team in all aspects of Mercy affairs and is accountable for the clinical excellence of medical care through the development, implementation and evaluation of the Mercy clinical effectiveness process that requires the integration of provider staff, Mercy management, and employees in collaborative working relationships.


Job duties require considerable knowledge of the specialized principles and practices related to health care management in order to evaluate and make viable recommendations for the improving health care delivery systems(s) and enhancing organizational effectiveness and efficiency.  Also requires considerable leadership expertise relating to business planning, process improvement, budget administration and personnel management.   Performance improvement efforts cover a variety of processes, and an incumbent must be sufficiently knowledgeable to recognize important synergies and opportunities in clinical outcomes, cost containment, patient safety/satisfaction and regulatory compliance.


  • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Iowa.  
  • Post Graduate Management degree (MBA, MHA, or similar) preferred.  
  • Employed physician group experience preferred.  
  • A record of successful clinical practice augmented by five (5) to seven (7) years of leadership experience in a multi-hospital, integrated delivery network as CMO/VPMA.
  • Knowledge of the content, intent and application of regulations, policies, standards, operations, and requirements applicable to the business function(s) under designated scope of authority.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic business planning, program development and continuous process/performance improvement.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, managed care, including capitation and contracting issues.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, JCAHO standards regarding medical staff activities and medical staff by-laws, credentialing processes, and organization.
  • Ability to identify budget variances, compliance deficiencies and/or systemic weaknesses and implement timely corrective action to forestall or remedy.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, regulatory requirements and Mercy policies applicable to budget administration, resource/expense control, employee supervision and performance management.
  • Knowledge of medical informatics, applied statistical techniques and analytical tools/processes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as required by the duties of the position and a philosophy of collaboration and teamwork.  Ability to create change through influence.  Strong persuasive abilities and ability to strengthen clinical partnerships. 
  • Ability to strategize, develop and evaluate business plans, initiatives, standards, budgets, and policies/procedures.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with physicians, nurses and other providers in interdisciplinary team to coordinate and continuously improve patient care.  A demonstrated ability in forging physician/management relations.


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