Healthcare, Physician Leadership

Chief Medical Officer

  • Fisher-Titus Medical Center
  • Norwalk, OH

Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s roots date back to 1917 when the 38-bed Norwalk Memorial Hospital opened its doors on Norwalk’s West Main Street. The Norwalk Hospital Association received its articles of incorporation from the State of Ohio in 1911; however, it w as not until 1916 that a dedicated structure was built combining all the medical services available in Norwalk into one building. The cornerstone for the Norwalk Memorial Hospital was laid on October 15, 1916 and the hospital opened on June 12, 1917. The building was financed by ‘subscriptions’ purchased by local citizens – $27,000 was raised, which covered the cost of the hospital.  When it opened, Norwalk Memorial Hospital had thirty-eight beds; six more were added when a maternity wing, financed by local philanthropist Charlie Paul, was built in 1926.  By 1939, eight physicians were practicing at the hospital. Years later, when the hospital had outgrown its space, William and Lura Titus-Fisher donated $1.25 million toward the $1.8 million cost to build a new hospital on the south side of town. Recognized nationwide for its unique patient-centered architecture, the ultra-modern Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital opened in 1957, ushering in a new era of healthcare for area residents. The $28.7 million Fisher-Titus Patient Pavilion opened in September 2005 replacing patient rooms that were part of the original 1957 hospital and continuing the tradition of providing the most modern health-care facilities to area patients.

Position Overview

Reporting to the President & CEO, Brent Burkey, MD, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Fisher-Titus Medical Center will work with the Senior Leadership Team to help direct, coordinate and evaluate the clinical operations of the system to ensure safe and quality patient care, fiscal responsibility, operational efficiency and integrity, and the provision of comprehensive health services. Specifically, this leader will oversee the Medical Staff Office and all aspects of the medical center’s Quality and Clinical Resource Management.

Essential Accountabilities:

  • Supports the organization’s mission, vision and values while making them operationally viable.
  • Will ensure the organization’s clinical objectives and policies are articulated and executed, leading the development and implementation of long-term strategy while developing and assuring organizational accountabilities.
  • Serves as a liaison and advocate between the Medical Staff and Administration, working closely with both groups to ensure clinical functions maintain a high quality of medicine and clinical outcomes that Fisher-Titus patients have become accustomed to.
  • Provides oversight and leadership of the Quality and Clinical Resource Department, Infection Control, Patient Safety, Hospitalists and Medical Staff Office.


  • Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy.
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Health, Healthcare Administration or related field preferred.


  • Board certified in a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists.
  • Current state medical license without restrictions.


  • Leadership experience within a hospital or healthcare system preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and execute a clinical strategy across a complex organization, garnering support from the provider community and coalescing internal teams.
  • Sense of urgency for goal achievement
  • Ability to manage varied activities simultaneous projects
  • Accustomed to a fast-paced environment
  • Results focus idea generation, innovative and creative problem-solving; demonstrated accountability for results
  • Strong rapport and relationship building focused on achieving results
  • Engagement skills to delegate to and drive commitment of others
  • Collaborative decision-making but also the ability to take risks and be action-oriented
  • Ability to execute quick decision making in response to changing conditions
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