Five Healthcare Challenges a Chief of Staff Can Solve

vChief — Virtual Chief of Staff
2 min readJun 24, 2021

We are always sharing the ways in which a chief of staff can add value to an organization and while we tend to talk a lot about startups and nonprofits, the healthcare industry is yet another arena where a chief of staff can step in and provide value. We’ve compiled a list of five challenges faced by healthcare orgs to share with you how a chief of staff can step in and be of assistance.

Post-Pandemic Strategic Planning

The year 2020 rocked almost every industry in existence, but none more so than the healthcare field. Whether there is a need to bring on staff quickly to help increase capacity or get through the layoff process in the most efficient possible manner, a chief of staff can step in and provide critical support around staffing:

  • Redeveloping the org chart
  • Redefining titles and positions and ensuring a good fit
  • Developing interview and hiring protocols (or dusting off and revising old ones)
  • Creating a streamlined process for communicating about changes within the organization

In addition, as the healthcare industry rebounds post-COVID, there will be a need for organizations and executives to revisit strategic priorities. Guiding executives and their teams through this process is one of the chief of staff’s top strengths. The chief of staff is an expert at managing up.

Point Person on Mergers

With so many changes and restructures happening within the industry, there is real value to be found in having a point person to turn to when you want to talk out different scenarios and garner feedback, ensuring the decisions you are making are effective, timely, and the most beneficial to the organization over the long haul.

Enter your chief of staff. We don’t call them the “right hand” for nothing. They are your guide, your counsel, your point person who has been watching and listening and absorbing everything going on within the organization. They will have an accurate barometer of what needs to change and can help you assess how to develop the process.

Ready to learn more about the chief of staff role and how it can impact your healthcare organization? Head on over to vChief to read the complete article.

Madeleine Niebauer is the Founder & CEO of vChief Virtual Chief of Staff service, which offers part-time and interim chief of staff support to start-ups, nonprofit organizations, and businesses of all sizes.



vChief — Virtual Chief of Staff

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