Job Description

Homer, AK

Full Time

Work Hours: Days



The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team at South Peninsula Hospital (SPH).  S/he will provide medical and clinical leadership and expertise to the senior leadership team, the medical staff and clinical employees throughout the organization in support of clinical and surgical quality including patient safety and overall experience. The CMO will play a critical role in integrating care across the inpatient, outpatient and post-acute continuum to optimize care for patients. S/he will also play a key role in the development and execution of business strategies to support the accomplishment of goals in the SPH Strategic Plan.


The CMO will report to the Chief Executive Officer. The CMO will have a significant role in partnering with the CEO, CFO, and the rest of the SPH leadership team. The CMO is a separate position from the Chief of Staff. The CMO will collaborate with the Chief of Staff to ensure medical staff concerns and interests are heard and presented to the SPH leadership team.


The successful candidate will provide leadership and expertise in developing and advancing collaborative relationships among SPH and the medical staff, and will promote alignment and shared accountability between physicians and the hospital for the benefit of patients, providers and the community. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison and advocate to build long-term collaborations and relationships between the medical staff, SPH leadership and the SPH Board of Directors.


  • Graduate from an accredited college or university with an M.D. or D.O. Recently practicing clinician is preferred.
  • Post-graduate degree in management or public health is desirable.


  • Five or more years as a senior physician leader in a hospital or health system
  • Prior experience as a chief medical officer, medical director, chief quality officer or vice president, medical affairs (or equivalent) is preferred.
  • Has led a medical organization through development and implementation of new quality, safety and performance improvement initiatives
  • Knowledgeable about outcomes measurement of clinical and surgical quality and utilization.
  • Experience with population health/value-based care, utilization management and risk-based contracts
  • Experience in a similarly sized community hospital or health system
  • Prior experience in the inpatient, outpatient and post-acute settings is preferred.
  • Experience working with boards and/or board sub-committees (e.g., Quality Committee)
  • Experience in community hospitals/systems
  • Experience working with an electronic medical record
  • Prior experience with clinical infrastructure, database management and analytics to optimize clinical workflows is preferred.


  • Board certification in a specialty
    • At least initial certification must have been obtained
  • Eligible for membership on the medical staff

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 


  • Knowledgeable about outcomes measurement of clinical and surgical quality and utilization.
  • Thinks systemically while understanding the nuances of individual parts of the organization.


  • Collaborative, with strong people skills. A good listener who is patient, socially adept, intuitive and sensitive to timing around taking action.
  • Effective communication, education and consensus-building skills
  • Skilled in demonstrating political savvy and diplomacy.


  • Credible and well-respected by colleagues. As a servant leader, highly effective at functioning as medical liaison to multiple stakeholders.
  • Visible leader who is comfortable in an externally facing role. Self-motivated, resourceful and appropriately assertive
  • Operates with a positive, well-defined sense of self and is self-directed,
  • Trustworthy and fair, with impeccable integrity.


  1. Medical Staff Liaison – The CMO will act as a leader and liaison in building and maintaining excellent relations between the medical staff and SPH leadership:
  • Builds alignment and trust, and facilitates communication between medical staff, SPH leadership and the board.
  • Develops strong relationships with members of the medical staff based upon earned trust, integrity, understanding and articulating the perspectives of the medical staff and hospital concerning key issues.
  • Helps to establish physician leadership in SPH activities, strategies and decisions.
  • Advocates in a balanced way for both the interests of the physicians and the interests of the hospital.
  • Articulates the interests and perspectives of the different subgroups within the medical staff in a balanced manner.
  1. Medical Staff Effectiveness – The CMO will serve as a resource in supporting the effectiveness of the organized medical staff in fulfilling its responsibilities:
  • Ensures that medical staff and hospital leaders have a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the medical staff and hospital administration.
  • Mentors and supports medical staff leaders to enhance their effectiveness in fulfilling their responsibilities.
  • Oversees design and implementation of a medical staff leadership development and succession planning program.
  • Collaborates with medical staff leaders in continuous efforts to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the medical staff structure and processes.
  • Serves as a resource for the medical staff in its areas of credentialing and privileging, FPPE and OPPE, peer review and regulatory requirements.
  • Helps keep medical staff bylaws, policies and procedures, privileging forms and other medical staff documents current with industry best practices and regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Supports medical staff leaders in achieving and maintaining a positive, strong medical staff culture.
  • Serves as a resource to medical staff leaders in addressing physician performance and impairment issues.
  • Facilitates ongoing, effective education of physicians regarding quality and patient safety, regulatory requirements, managed care, factors affecting hospital financial performance, and important healthcare trends.
  1. Integrated Delivery System Leadership – The CMO will take a key leadership role in coordinating efforts between the medical staff and SPH to continue to develop an integrated delivery system capable of assuming financial risk while providing top tier quality, safety and patient experience:
  • Works with hospital operations, and the medical staff on initiatives relating to improved care management processes and improvements in quality, patient experience and cost outcomes.
  • Assumes managerial responsibility for clinically and surgically related programs, departments and services as assigned by the CEO (e.g., Performance Improvement, medical staff services)
  1. Administration – The CMO will serve as a critical resource to system leadership on issues requiring medical expertise:
  • Ensures that appropriate physician input, perspective and leadership are provided when hospital policy, procedure, program, physical plant, equipment and other hospital decisions are made.
  • In cooperation with SPH leadership, manages medical directors and assures accountability of performance.
  • Participates in hospital and facility strategic planning efforts and serves as a liaison and advocate with the medical staff in this role.
  • Works with clinical and surgical service line medical and administrative directors to strengthen and develop service lines and specialty services.
  • Participates in creation and implementation of the medical staff development/ recruiting plan and is involved in physician recruitment and contracting as appropriate.
  1. External Communication – The CMO will be an effective, positive ambassador for the hospital and medical staff to external constituencies of the organization:
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson in the community, organized medical societies, professional organizations and other similar settings for patient care issues that affect the community.
  • Seeks to enhance the reputation of the health system and medical staff through positive communications with community leaders, the press and community organizations.


The South Peninsula Hospital is a combined 22 bed Acute care hospital and 28 bed long term care facility located at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula in South-Central Alaska.  The working environment is generally pleasant, clean and well maintained.  The position requires a moderate amount of mobility.  The ability to reason, speak and have basic manual dexterity is essential.  There is the need to attend meetings both inside and outside of the Hospital setting and to participate in interviews or provide training within the Hospital building. Physical demands are moderate and may include sitting, standing for prolonged periods, walking, stooping and occasional lifting.  Most work is performed inside and the work is generally of a positive nature.

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