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Why Interim Leadership is On the Upswing

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, February 28, 2014

Faced with a potential mushroom cloud of new regulations and new business models, interim leaders can quickly take the reins and make difficult decisions.

Dennis Millirons is retiring. Sort of.

Millirons has spent the past year as a vice president at Fargo, ND-based Sanford Health, a 39-hospital system that is on a growth spurt. His previous four years at the health system were spent as president of Sanford Medical Center Fargo, where he was instrumental in integrating the system's 2009 merger with MeritCare and where he played a key role in the design of the new $450 million hospital campus now under construction in Fargo.

He'll retire in June, but he's not necessarily finished with his career.

The 28-year veteran healthcare industry leader plans to take advantage of a blossoming opportunity for experienced senior executives who can bring a track record of experience in coping with dynamic change to an industry that needs to make tough decisions.

In short, he's interested in interim leadership opportunities.

In the upheaval that characterizes today's healthcare environment, margins are small, cash flow is low, and the future is uncertain. Temporary leaders can help with projects, evaluate turnover, or stabilize a critical situation.

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