The globalization of healthcare has shaped interesting changes around the world, and the impact is being felt in the States. As healthcare becomes more “westernized,” consumers are increasingly traveling oversees for medical care.(1) And, these international healthcare organizations increasingly look to the United States for their healthcare executive needs.

Signium International has created an international healthcare practice to serve these needs. J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, FAAHC, CMPE, Tyler & Company’s Chairman and CEO, has been tapped to lead this practice.

Tyler & Company affiliated with Signium International, a network of executive search firms with more than 40 offices in 25-plus countries, in April 2008. The alliance with Signium has proved fruitful in many ways. Now, Tyler & Company has the chance to offer its unique healthcare expertise in leading Signium’s new healthcare practice. 

Joining Tyler in Signium’s healthcare practice are Tyler & Company’s President,Dennis J. Kain, and Signium consultants from Canada, England, Japan, Pakistan, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

These healthcare search consultants bring more than three decades of experience in a host of healthcare settings to the searches they conduct around the world. Colleagues within the Signium International Healthcare Practice collaborate easily. In Signium offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, consultants ensure that local knowledge of the client’s healthcare market, culture and business practices are well understood and applied to each search.

They also are experienced in scanning the globe in their hunt for the appropriate members of senior management. Besides conducting primary research for candidates, the team has access to a database with more than 55,000 healthcare executives in the United States alone. Of course, consultants are well equipped to recruit within a client’s country.  As members of a variety of healthcare organizations within their home countries, they network and form relationships with local key leaders and potential candidates.

Signium’s healthcare practice partners have worked with pioneer healthcare organizations that are accredited and certified by leading safety and quality organizations, including Joint Commission International and The International Society for Quality in Health Care, Inc.

Also, represented by a group of leaders from top healthcare organizations and federations around the world, the Signium Board of Healthcare Advisors provides tremendous insight into the inner workings of healthcare institutions worldwide.  On a global scale, Signium International’s healthcare search consultants are actively involved in the International Hospital Federation (IHF).

The IHF is the global association of healthcare organizations, which includes national hospital associations, member hospitals and other healthcare-related organizations. Independent, nonprofit and non-governmental, IHF’s main objective is to improve societies’ health by collaborating with hospitals in improving the services and education they deliver to their communities.

Tyler & Company is an IHF partner this year, and Signium’s healthcare practice consultants are attending “Dubai IHF 2011”—The International Hospital Federation 37th World Hospital Congress, Nov. 8 to 10, 2011, in Dubai.
“I am delighted that Signium International has become a corporate partner of the IHF. I am sure its member firms will be an asset to healthcare organizations around the world seeking quality healthcare leaders,” says IHF President-Designate Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, who also is President and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Tyler & Company’s signature, customizable and thorough process is at the heart of the Signium healthcare practice’s success. Qualified healthcare executives are recruited, screened and presented; and client-approved candidates are interviewed by Signium’s experienced healthcare search consultants before being recommended for on-site interviews. Offered as value add-ons are behavioral assessments (to determine management style); background checks (available for candidates from certain countries); and a one-year placement guarantee.

“It’s exciting to hear our Signium colleagues describe the rapid growth in healthcare in their respective countries. While we have a strong healthcare foothold in the United States, Signium is well equipped and networked to recruit healthcare leaders around the world,” says Tyler. “We proudly support the mission and vision of the International Hospital Federation, and look forward to doing our part to enhance healthcare in other lands.” 

Reach J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, FAAHC, CMPE, Chairman and CEO, at +1 770 396 3939 or

1 D. Seymour (Editor), “Futurescan 2009: Healthcare Trends and Implications 2009-2014.”  An annual publication of The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development. Published by ACHE, Chicago.

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