Catholic Health Initiatives Physician Leader - Women and Childrens (0.5) in Des Moines, Iowa

The Physician Division Leader is primarily accountable for the direction, leadership and coordination of the Women and Children's services and departments. Internal candidates only need apply.

  • Assures that the philosophy and mission of Mercy Clinics and Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is visual in the operation and direction of assigned departments. Communicates and promotes a strong commitment to this mission.

  • Responsible for building and maintaining a medical group practice culture that supports Mercy’s mission and philosophy.

  • Encourages teamwork among physicians and multi-disciplinary care teams to ensure high quality outcome.

  • Manages physician-driven clinical resources utilization.

  • Assures appropriate and quality physician practice styles.

  • Provides physician continuing education and skill building.

  • Encourages clinical innovation.

  • Serves on MMC-DM Leadership Council and Physician Leadership Council. As such, provides effective strategic vision, leadership and direction in the overall management of the organization; collaborates with other leadership team members in the common goal of standardization, integration and enhancement of the continuum of services available within designated clinical area(s); participates in the company-wide evaluation of processes and practices to determine the need for change to accommodate shifting business priorities, conditions and objectives.

  • In collaboration with the CMO, CNO, and COO, ensures adequate staffing levels for appropriate coverage to meet budgetary and operational objectives. Ensures staff are qualified and properly trained to perform assigned job duties and evaluates physician and APC performance in area(s) of responsibility in collaboration with the CMO.

  • Remains visible and available to physicians and medical directors, and seeks input and feedback on hospital matters.

  • Attends medical staff meetings to ensure effective communication throughout the service line.

  • Provides input necessary for successful contractual negotiations that impact the service line.

  • Anticipates and recognizes the evolving factors that affect current and future needs, and oversees the development of strategies and initiatives to support future growth of clinical areas.

  • In collaboration with the division’s administrative leader, manages the planning, organization and control of assigned departments of Mercy Clinics and service lines of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

  • In collaboration with the administrative leader, ensures that department programs comply with all applicable State and Federal regulations as well as maintain quality standards for patient care/procedures.

  • In collaboration with the administrative leader, provides leadership and supervision and professional growth to physician and administrative leaders, of assigned departments and service lines.

  • In collaboration with administrative leader, supervises and reviews budgeting processes to arrive at overall division budget.

  • In collaboration with administrative leader, implements key organization-wide strategies with the assigned services.

  • In collaboration with administrative leader, assures quality clinical care and excellent customer service in all areas.

  • Participates with leaders at Mercy Clinics and Mercy Medical Center Administration, and clinical areas in programmatic decision-making structures and processes.

  • Maintains excellent communication and collaboration with key physician groups and generally within the medical staff structure.

  • In collaboration with administrative leader, maintains outcome focus and assures team processes to achieve measurable outcomes for improvement of patient care.

  • Provides leadership, participates in, and recommends personnel actions to attract, retain and motivate staff (e.g., interviewing, hiring, performance appraisal, etc.).

  • Evaluates policies and directs the implementation of new policies when necessary for assigned areas.

  • Provides leadership to support positive marketing public relations.

  • As assigned by the President or designee, participates in local, state, and national organizations to aid in short-term and long-range planning of health care services.

  • Responsible to foster positive collaborating relationships with other departments and divisions.


  • Current license as an M.D or D.O. to practice medicine in the State of Iowa.

  • Three years medical director or leadership position experience in a hospital setting or physician organization.

  • Master’s Degree in business, public administration, health care administration preferred.

  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking and written skills, superior human relations skills.

  • Strong organizational, analytical and communication skills.

  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills.

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is a not-for-profit Catholic health care provider. Mercy – Des Moines, with a total of 875 beds, includes:

  • Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes

  • Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics

  • Mercy Medical Center – Centerville

  • Skiff Medical Center – Newton

For more than 100 years, Mercy – Des Moines has been an outstanding presence in the health care community in Iowa. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines.

With approximately 7,000 staff members and a medical staff of about 1,200 physicians and allied health professionals, Mercy is one of the state’s largest employers and one of the Midwest’s largest referral centers.

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network (MHN) and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. MHN was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between CHI and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan. They are two of the country’s largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations. MHN consists of 15 owned hospitals, one joint venture surgical hospital, 26 affiliated community hospitals, 207 owned physician clinics and one joint venture primary care physician enterprise.

In addition to operating the state’s largest medical center, Mercy has several additional ministries including: Mercy Clinics, Home Health Services, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Mercy Foundation, the Mercy Health & Fitness Center and Mercy ACO.

At Mercy, we train doctors and attract faculty by offering four medical residency programs: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Psychiatry.

Recognition and Awards

  • Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award

  • Mission: Lifeline’s Bronze-Plus Award

  • Best Regional Hospital for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report

  • Recipient of the 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation (NRC) for the 18th consecutive year

  • Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Mercy West Lakes were the first centers in the nation to earn accreditation in cardiac electrophysiology (EP) by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

  • Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic was named a Corporate Stars Award Sylvie recipient by the National MS Society – Upper Midwest Chapter

  • Skiff Medical Center was named one of the 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S.

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health are combining to form a new, nonprofit Catholic health system focused on creating healthier communities. With no geographic overlap in hospital service areas, the combination brings together two leading health systems, allowing the organizations to expand their mission of service and create a healthier future for people and communities across 28 states.

The new health system will build a stronger operational and financial foundation to expand access to quality care, build upon complementary resources and capabilities, and reinvest in critical areas to accelerate improvements in care delivery that promote the shift from sick-care to well-care.

We will continue building upon our shared healing ministry of providing quality health care for all people with compassion. With strong leadership, sound strategic direction, commitment to ministry, and thoughtful stewardship, the new system will be positioned to create a healthier future for our people and communities.

Who is Catholic Health Initiatives?

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities. One of the largest health systems in the nation, Englewood, Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives operates in 17 states with 100 hospitals, including two academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; nursing colleges; home health agencies; senior living communities; and other facilities and services. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, Catholic Health Initiatives provided $2.1 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unpaid cost of government programs.

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers and support a drug-free work environment.