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Chief Medical Officer - Portneuf Medical Center

Portneuf Medical Center
United States, Idaho, Pocatello
777 Hospital Way (Show on map)
November 15, 2023

Ardent Health Services invests in quality healthcare.

Ardent Health Services, located in Nashville, Tennessee, has earned a reputation as one of the industry's strongest - and most innovative hospital operators. We are driven by our purpose of caring for people: our patients, their families and one another. Our facilities and clinics are consistently recognized among healthcare's best employers.

To support operations, Ardent invested more than $1.4 billion since 2011 to raise the standard of care in the communities we serve. Additionally, Ardent has invested $220 million in Epic, towards uniting our hospitals and clinics on a single information-sharing platform to improve patient outcomes and increase efficient care delivery. We recognize each hospital is as unique as the community it serves. We strive to maintain strong community ties through advisory boards, contributions, charitable care, education and outreach.

Ardent includes:

  • 30 Hospitals
  • 200+ Sites of Care
  • 4,453 Beds
  • 23,000+ Team Members
  • 6,818 Nurses
  • 1,438 Aligned Providers
  • 3.2 Million Annual Provider Encounters
  • $5.1 Billion in Revenues

Ardent Health Services invests in quality healthcare. AHS makes considerable investments in people, technology, facilities, and communities, producing high quality care and extraordinary results. From newly constructed facilities and expanded services, to lifesaving technology and outstanding opportunities for employees, AHS is committed to providing its hospitals and clinics the tools needed to succeed.

OUR PURPOSE is caring for people: our patients, their families and one another.

We believe it is this mix of corporate support and local autonomy that equips our facilities for success.

Portneuf Medical Center:

Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) is a 205-bed regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. Our mission is to be the first choice for patients in the region for all their healthcare needs. PMC offers a Level II trauma center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certified cancer center, high-performing orthopedic services, and a full suite of cardiac care. Portneuf Medical Group is the large multi-specialty physician group employed by Portneuf and has 60 physicians and 40 Advanced Practice Providers. In addition, PMC has one of the largest surgery practices in the state, robotics-trained surgeons, an award-winning vein center, a fully accredited wound care clinic, innovative urological care, high-performing orthopedics, and primary care to support all ages.

As a teaching hospital, PMC is committed to raising the bar in healthcare while also raising the next generation of providers. And, as a major employer in Pocatello, we have 1,700 well-qualified employees.

In a joint venture partnership with the Portneuf Health Trust, Ardent Health Services operates Portneuf Medical Center located in Pocatello, Idaho. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent Health Services includes 30 hospitals and more than 200 sites of care.

Job Overview:

We are currently recruiting for a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to support our Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will interface with Administration, the Medical Staff, and other physician organizations. The primary objective of this position is to lead clinical and quality initiatives that support consistent clinical performance and quality of care through outcomes measurement and performance improvement processes.

The CMO is a leadership position created to build on and strengthen the positive and mutually supportive relationships between hospital administration and the medical staff. As such, the CMO will work closely with the Ardent CMO, administrative staff, members of the medical staff, and its leadership to maintain the high quality of the medical staff and to help lead the medical staff participating in furthering the mission of the organization, with a duty to support the mission and philosophy of Portneuf Medical Center.

The CMO will work closely with and facilitate positive relationships with nursing leadership in order to ensure successful performance improvement initiatives and overall quality of care. The incumbent will forge strong linkages and alignments with physician providers. The CMO will support and advise the Medical Executive Committee and the Departments in responding to complaints regarding physician behavior and performance.



  • Serve as a member of the senior management team and assist in strategic development of initiatives and programs.
  • Investigate and study new developments in medical practice techniques and initiates medical staff and administrative discussions of the implementation of new procedures.
  • Promote effective and timely communication with the medical staff and leadership.
  • Participate in the annual operating and capital budget process providing input regarding the budgets of medical affairs and for integrating medical staff and clinical issues in to the region's planning, budgeting, and marketing processes.
  • Collaborate with key medical staff committees. Works to forge stronger bonds with the nursing staff.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of patient care programs and collaborate with and hospital leaders on medical staff partnerships, co-management, and joint ventures.

Medical Staff

  • Work to optimize and share best practices as it relates to privileges, bylaws, quality, and medical staff.\
  • Assist with efforts to identify and retain continuing sources of physician staff and other key employees. Also, assist in the recruitment and location of physicians and needed specialists for filling hospital staff needs, as needed
  • Receive, investigate, and, where possible, resolve conflicts referred by the medical staff leadership. Report complaints against members of the medical staff to the appropriate bodies.
  • Work with other physician leaders to implement identified best practices and evidence based initiatives.
  • Serve as resource for medical staff leaders on complex complaints, incidents and credentialing issues.

Clinical Care Management

  • Work with hospital leadership on developing standardized approaches to reducing HACs, Improving Core Measures, and reducing problematic safety events.
  • Work with Ardent CMO and Case Management leaders on continuum of care, medical necessity, length of stay, denials, and other key physician driven case management initiatives.
  • Evaluate the medical staff quality assurance, disease management and utilization review activities, and develop standards to improve quality outcomes, both clinically and administratively, to ensure the highest standards in the treatment and care of patients, and to ensure compliance with all relevant licensing and accrediting bodies.
  • Assist in development, implementation, and evaluation of all care management plans.
  • Serve as point person for EPIC clinical resource.
  • Develop and implement strategies that control the risks of patient care, monitor the effectiveness of these actions, and ensure proper documentation.
  • Dedicate specific resources to patient safety, particularly as related to medications errors and infection surveillance.
  • Provide leadership and vision in the development of clinical guidelines and care pathways.


  • Provide direction for continuing medical education programs for the medical staff, support staff, graduate, and post-graduate medical education.
  • Work with local leadership to ensure appropriate administrative direction for graduate and post-graduate medical education programs

Resource Allocation

  • Support the development of managed care plans and physicians services strategic plans supporting the business plan of the organization and develops annual work plans to implement strategies.
  • Foster an environment conducive to a managed care market with continuous review of resource utilization, education, and training opportunities that support resource effectiveness.
  • Participate in information systems development to allow feedback to physicians regarding practice patterns and performance.
  • Support clinical integration and population health initiatives.


Required Experience/Education:

  • 5+ years of medical executive leadership roles preferred
  • MD or D.O. Degree required; MBA or other advanced management degree preferred
  • Board Certified
  • Advanced degree in the area of healthcare administration or related field is desirable

Preferred Experience:

  • Demonstrated success with achieving performance goals with Medicare clinical outcomes such as HAIs, PSI90s, and Core Measures.
  • Leadership of a hospital or system wide patient safety initiative-ERAS, High Reliability interventions, Patient Safety Organization, Peer Review Leadership.
  • Experience as a hospital medical director and success on administrative side in a complex healthcare environment or equivalent is preferred.