Vice President Chief Medical Officer

SCL Health
Billings, MT
Post Date:
February 14, 2021
Job Status:



As the Chief Medical Officer you bring strong leadership talents to inspire, guide, and grow our Hospital Medical Staff as we provide the highest quality of medical care to our patients at St. Vincent Healthcare.  Working as a key senior leader member at SCL Health, St. Vincent Healthcare (SVH) and the Montana Region, you will strive to ensure that the organization meets the mission and strategic objectives set forth by the Board and executive leadership while promoting a positive and engaging work environment.  As a servant leader you embody the SCL Health leadership behaviors:

  • Accountability for results
  • Engagement and enthusiasm for change
  • Adaptability and continuous learning
  • Trust, respect and collaboration
  • Transparency and candor
  • Efficient, data-driven decision-making
  • Urgency and follow-through



St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that focuses on person-centered care. Our 286-bed level II trauma center has provided care in Montana and the surrounding area since 1898, and our 30-clinic network ensures community needs are met. We offer comprehensive, specialty care, including a “hospital within a hospital” specifically for children, and are proud to extend SCL Health’s mission by treating the poor, the vulnerable, our community and each other.  Our Montana region is comprised of three acute care sites:  St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, St. James Healthcare in Butte, and Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City.  Additionally we have a Residential Living facility and 50+ ambulatory care clinics.


As Chief Medical Officer you would report to the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for SCL Health and matrix to the Chief Operating Officer for St. Vincent Healthcare.  You will interface closely with the other care site CMOs across the health system to advance clinical integration, leverage our skill and scale and to promote appropriate standardization and “systemness” of SCL Health.  The cornerstone of this role is the development of meaningful relationships and ongoing dialogue and communication with leaders and other members of the hospital medical staff, work in collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and their leaders to improve clinical outcomes; the ultimate result being the achievement of the “ideal patient experience” coupled with providing an engaging environment for all clinicians to practice medicine and provide care. 


Benefits are one of the ways we encourage health for you and your family. Our generous package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind and social well-being. To that end, we’ve launched a Healthy Living program to address your holistic health as well.  The executive package also includes a 401(k) with matching program, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (SERP), and annual incentive plan. To model a balanced life, our executives are encouraged to take time off and receive a front-loaded Paid Time Off allocation each year.


Your Day


Working as a senior leader at St. Vincent Healthcare, the CMO shall embody and value the “person-centered” mindset; ensure that the highest levels of patient safety, quality of care and evidence based medical standards are practiced. Moreover, the incumbent will promote an environment representative of the mission and values of the organization that is rooted in the Catholic health care tradition and inclusive of all who seek care.  Critical to success in this role is the ability of the incumbent to: translate strategy into action plans; form close working relationships with the clinical and operations leaders within the care site, region and system; advocate for the use of the EMR and other clinical information systems; encourage benchmarking, sharing of best practices and collaboration among all clinicians; build momentum and excitement around physician engagement.


Primary responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Medical Staff Liaison:  Partners and collaborates with the medical staff and management team, facilitating teamwork and shared goals. Helps represent medical staff viewpoints to Administration and relays administrative views to medical staff. 
  • Clinical Quality, Patient Safety and Service Excellence: Provides leadership and expertise to ensure that clinical quality improvement and utilization management programs are carried out in clinical areas through the development and implementation of effective disease management programs, clinical protocols and guidelines, other decision tools, and review of outcomes. Takes a lead role on patient safety initiatives and ensures execution of improvement activities among the medical staff. Actively promotes a culture of safety. Integrate evidence-based medicine practices wherever possible and build this into new and existing patient care delivery systems.
  • Utilization and Operation: Oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of medical policies and procedures (including case/disease management, utilization management and clinical programs) as they relate to overall delivery of health care and coordination of care. Works closely with Information Services Technology to ensure St. Vincent Healthcare remains on the “cutting edge” of technology in providing the most advanced, effective and efficient patient care available.
  • Strategic Planning and Development: Develop and implement strategic plans specific to trends and changes in medical care and medical management, patient safety, and clinical quality; ensures that appropriate metrics are designed and implemented for comprehensive program(s) assessment. Monitors and ensures the achievement of desired outcomes. Participate with partners and SCL Health in evaluation and implementation of population health management and other key organization strategy discussions.

Your experience


We expect excellence, which is why we require: 

  • MD or DO degree and board certified in a specialty or primary care field. 
  • At least ten years in the practice of medicine and five (5) years in a leadership role within a hospital or health system setting.
  • Demonstrated progressive responsibility, authority, and accountability in physician leadership positions. A graduate business /management degree is desirable.

Your next move


Now that you know more about being the Chief Medical Officer of St Vincent Healthcare we hope you’ll join us. At SCL Health you’ll reaffirm every day how much you love this work, and why you were called to it in the first place.



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