Now that Smith has left, Northwest Community Hospital officials are looking for a replacement. In the view of the American Medical Association and others, a licensed physician should be the hospital's chief medical officer, says Arthur D. Snow Jr, MD, chair of the organized medical staff section governing council of the AMA.
Having a license, ensures that physicians receive continuing medical education with the assurance that "the doctor's knowledge and skills remain intact," according to the AMA. Snow is a licensed physician based at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, near Lenexa, KS.
It may surprise some, but the CEO at Northwest Community Hospital tells me that they are looking for the best candidate, and sure enough, if it isn't a licensed physician, so be it.
"As we search for a new CMO, we are evaluating the broadest possible range of physicians," Bruce Crowther, CEO, tells HealthLeaders Media, which is reporting the Northwest plans for the first time. "All of our finalists will possess leadership skills to advance our mission and meet state qualifications for the position, which does not require a medical license for what is an administrative position."