Chief Medical Officer - Midwest Region

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Detroit, MI US
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Adriana Santos (954) 540-6920


About Sound Physicians

Physician-founded, led, and managed, Sound Physicians is a national organization specializing in driving performance improvement across the acute episode of care.  Sound Physicians’ nearly 3,000 providers deliver patient care in 275+ hospitals and post-acute facilities in 39 states across the country. Sound Physicians provides its hospital partners with performance management expertise and engaged providers who deliver value by improving quality, satisfaction and financial performance outcomes, along with the practice management infrastructure necessary to run a high-functioning program. The organization focuses performance, physician engagement and leadership development as the key differentiators in its business model. Sound aligns with partners to improve patient care, optimize clinical workflow, measurably increase efficiencies, and drive positive financial results. Sound utilizes real-time metrics to track and evaluate our performance, report tangible results to hospital partners, and provide targeted training to improve delivery of services, all of which results in lower cost per case, shorter hospital stays, reduced readmissions, and better patient outcomes.

Reporting to Dr. John Birkmeyer, Chief Clinical Officer, the Chief Medical Officer will be responsible for overseeing clinical operations and performance of Sound’s Midwest region, primarily hospital medicine programs located in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, & Missouri.   Sound’s clinical enterprise in this region  is growing rapidly and currently includes approximately 500 physicians and advance practice providers in over 40 hospitals for the three primary service lines across the acute episode of care (hospital medicine, emergency medicine, and critical care).  In partnership with a dyad partner Group Vice President, the CMO is responsible for clinical performance, P/L of clinical operations, success of value-based payment arrangements with CMS and other payers, hospital partner relationships, and new business development.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create and foster a positive culture among leadership and clinical teams, in which behaviors in accordance with Sound’s core values of Quality, Service, Teamwork, Innovation and Integrity are rewarded and recognized
  • Provide regional strategic and tactical leadership to teams relating to planning, improvement, and innovation of care delivery systems including continuous assessment and evaluation of clinical operational performance
  • Communicate effectively and transparently to promote and execute the clinical priorities for the organization
  • In conjunction with a Group Vice President dyad partner, the CMO understands and drives profit and loss performance, business development strategies, and profitability drivers for the region
  • Identify and manage major health system partner stakeholders in the region, potentially working across regions to optimize communication of Sound’s performance
  • In collaboration with the senior clinical leadership team, provide appropriate clinical advocacy and direction to processes, personnel, and technology/workflow that improve patient care, clinician satisfaction, clinician efficiency, and service to Sound partners and medical communities
  • Collaborate with central operations business leaders to ensure collaboration with and synergy between central services and field-based teams
  • Supervise and invest in the development of Regional Medical Directors (RMDs) and Associate CMOs, ensuring subordinate leaders develop their own direct reports, including chief hospitalists, HRNs, providers who achieve partner level status, Sound’s emerging leaders, etc
  • Participate in ongoing efforts to recruit and retain top talent at Sound through the development of differentiation strategies in order to compete in the regional marketplace
  • In collaboration with dyad partner Group Vice President, drive a disciplined approach for growth and expansion of programs and services in the region
  • Manage administrative responsibilities such as clinical budget/finance management, and personnel management for by monitoring clinical performance, establishing performance objectives, innovating around program design, evaluating productivity benchmarks, and implementing/monitoring compliance measures
  • The CMO will frequently visit programs in the region to maintain relationships with key stakeholders at the hospital and within teams. As program retention is a key consideration, keeping apprised of the hospital’s satisfaction level with Sound’s performance, and Sound as a whole, is critical to remaining a strong and effective leader
  • Collaborate with the Performance Management team and Regional Nurse Managers to support new initiatives, regional clinical guidelines & outcome measures, risk, quality management, and utilization review to improve patient care services

Minimum Requirements

  • Medical degree, active licensure, and board certification
  • Clinical specialty in hospital medicine, critical care, or emergency medicine preferred
  • Master’s degree in Business or Healthcare Management preferred
  • Minimum of five years experience leading clinical operations for multiple programs or sites
  • Previous experience providing services and exercising leadership in a culturally diverse setting
  • Candidate must reside in the Midwest, preferably in one of the larger metropolitan areas - Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Columbus, or Cleveland
  • Must be able and willing to travel


  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to multiple teams across a geographically dispersed area
  • Excellent critical thinking skills required, including creativity, resourcefulness, timeliness, and technical knowledge related to analyzing and resolving problems
  • High level of emotional intelligence – ability to confront difficult emotional situations and response of others
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Understands and is committed to maintaining highest levels of confidentiality
  • Able to motivate teams and promote team building
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technology and a willingness to develop and adapt to the evolving technological requirements of modern medical practices
  • Is an effective and persuasive communicator who is comfortable speaking and presenting to the highest levels of the organization as well as external partners
  • Excellent reputation as a clinician with strong diagnostic and crisis management skills
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