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Associate Administrator - Desert Care Group

Job ID: 2403022768-0 Date posted: 07/09/2024 Facility: Other Executive
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Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, California

Founded in 1948, Desert Regional Medical Center has long been a part of the Palm Springs community. This 385-bed tertiary acute-care hospital includes an emergency department that is Coachella Valley’s only designated level I trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, and level III neonatal intensive care unit, serving patients from the San Gorgonio Pass to the Arizona border in Southeastern California.

You can also take advantage of a comprehensive array of services at our Palms Springs medical center, including a Commission on Cancer accredited Comprehensive Cancer Center, Joint Commission accredited comprehensive perinatal care services, a Joint Commission accredited Joint replacement program, the El Mirador Imaging Center, the Center for Weight Management, the Wound Care clinic, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

In addition, Desert Regional has expanded two of its clinics -- the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wound Clinic– to the La Quinta campus, further extending our reach to the eastern part of the Coachella Valley.

Desert Regional Medical Center is proud to be recognized as a healthcare leader in the Coachella Valley. As a result of the efforts of our entire medical staff, the hospital has received accolades from many local, regional, state, and national organizations for its excellent service to the community.


Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Associate Administrator has responsibility for developing management objectives and policies for the various departments and monitoring the results. He/she also interprets objectives, policies, and procedures. Further, the Associate Administrator is responsible for coordinating the activities of the assigned departments with other departments both within and outside the hospital. The Associate Administrator resolves problems with department heads concerning use of resources, as well as encourages and maintains open lines of communication with and between employee groups, other medical personnel, and patients and their family members.


The Associate Administrator has responsibility for evaluating the performance of the various departments, as well as the performance of key managers and supervisors. He/she advises employees promptly when performance problems arise, or changes are needed.

Other functional requirements include:

  • Establish the operating budgets for the various departments and monitor performance against budgets.
  • Assist Administration with special projects and with short and long-term strategic planning.
  • Attend promptly to the administrative details of the position including the signing of documents, preparation of reports, completion of performance appraisals, and other employee-related actions.
  • Ensure that all operations within the scope or the position are carried out in an ethical, responsible manner.
  • Develop, with the help of the responsible department heads, standard operating procedures for the departments within the position’s span of control. Coordinate with other departments and medical staff as needed.
  • Make final hiring and firing decisions of personnel within the immediate scope of operations coordinating information with upper management and human resources according to established procedures.
  • Approve expenditures to the level established by upper management.
  • Assist Administration in the planning, submission, and execution of all capital projects.
  • Lead targeted efforts in cost control and labor management.
  • Assists CAO in Contract Management process.


As a leader in healthcare, Tenet is committed to providing the best possible care to every patient, with a clear focus on quality and service. Strong leadership is essential to delivering on this commitment, and we believe that the quality of our leaders can give us a significant long-term competitive advantage. We want to ensure every current and future leader in Tenet is successful, and we support that through our selection and hiring process and by providing coaching and training to our leaders.

In this regard, we have identified core competencies that will enable a leader to succeed at Tenet, and have defined them within the following five areas critical to performance:

Optimize Execution

  • Establishes realistic and aggressive team/individual goals, and action plans that deliver results (e.g., tasks that lead to the renovation of patient rooms).
  • Demonstrates high visibility, consistently interacting with key stakeholders to inform, advise, listen, encourage, and challenge (e.g. routine rounds with employees, physicians, patients, etc.).
  • Optimizes facility’s financial and human resources by overseeing day-to-day operations in a high-quality and cost-conscious manner (e.g. maintains appropriate staffing ratios, oversees throughput in ER and other high-volume departments, actively manages quality initiatives, leads successful supply cost initiatives).
  • Clearly understands and communicates the Balanced Scorecard metrics and targets to the organization (e.g., reviews BSC performance and builds action for lagging areas with Department Directors).

Use Astute Judgment

  • Demonstrates high level complex problem-solving abilities (e.g., identifies drivers of service line losses).
  • Uses highly developed expertise in quantitative analyses to define and support facility goals (e.g., builds a solid financial business case for expansion of ICU).
  • Understands business development and physician recruitment strategies that lead to a competitive advantage.
  • Working knowledge of patient care standards reflected in federal and state regulations (e.g. JC accreditation, HCAHPS, etc.).

Lead Boldly

  • Takes decisive operational action in high-stakes situations or times of crisis and uncertainty (e.g., responds to local disasters, such as a hurricane).
  • Promotes or asserts own position and ideas for operation improvement, quality care delivery, revenue, and volume growth (e.g., identifies and champions a new throughput process in the OR).
  • Seeks and champions new ideas and initiatives that create operational/strategic advantage (e.g. forging a privileged relationship with local employers).
  • Decisively confronts and resolves issues or barriers to success (e.g., actively addresses physician concerns about new clinical processes).
  • Promotes a culture of safety, excellence, and compliance.

Apply Financial Insights

  • Understands financial indicators/levels and delivers year-over-year improved financial performance (e.g., actively contributes to ideas that curtail cost in the facility’s business plan).
  • Uses financial and productivity analysis vs. anecdotes to make decisions (e.g., continually reviews cost and productivity reports and directs efforts for improvement in targeted areas of opportunity).

Drive Organizational Success

  • Builds consensus and commitment across disparate facility managers, physicians, and home office staff with often competing priorities, with short and long-term goals (e.g., hosts discussions to shape and align stakeholders on MPI goals and approach).
  • Engages in team bench strength assessments and recruitment or promotion action plans that meet current/future talent needs (e.g., identifies and develops/mentors younger tenure talent).
  • Is an effective team member with the facility’s CEO, CAO, CFO, CNO, CSO, and CMO to pursue new growth, implement new processes, and/or address new challenges (e.g., A-Team challenge to improve HCAHPS scores).
  • Provides ongoing feedback, measurement, and assessment process that measures performance to plan and cause course correction for direct reports (e.g., meets with staff weekly to discuss progress on key initiatives/operations).
  • Partners effectively with medical staff to continually improve the quality and level of services provided (e.g., actively participates in MEC, meets frequently with Chief of Staff).


A minimum of three years of progressively responsible hospital management experience. Ability to act as the liaison between the administrative and medical staff, Board of Directors, and external stakeholders. Ability to provide leadership to establish priorities and to develop and implement solutions.

  • Highly developed expertise in quantitative analysis to support the definition and advancement of the hospital’s goals and objectives.
  • Ability to understand physicians’ viewpoints and needs and work strategically in the best interest of patients and the hospital. A strong reputation for sustained inclusive, trust-based physician relations.
  • Proven success in balancing cost/quality issues and partnering with medical staff to address productivity improvements and initiatives.
  • A high orientation to detail with proven analytical and financial skills.
  • A team player who excels in developing team momentum, enthusiasm, and pride.
  • High-level, complex problem-solving abilities both in groups and in one-on-one situations.

Professional Attributes

  • The capacity, maturity, stature, and communication skills to eventually assume a more senior leadership role in a hospital system. Capable of working with staff and assisting them in their continued development, as well as enhancing their performance in a supportive team environment.
  • Able to think strategically and have the communication and leadership skills to follow through on development plans.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective decision-making skills based on thoughtful determination and excellent intuitive judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a skilled and dedicated listener, comfortable in a variety of settings dealing with diverse constituencies; a broad thinker. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Goal oriented individual who is fair-minded, intelligent, and able to command respect and to manage by influence.
  • Ability to establish trust and to gain support when making difficult decisions and choices. High-principled and thorough, with a high energy level and a strong team orientation.
  • An individual is open to giving meaningful consideration to new ideas and solutions and will seek out ways to solicit input from many sources.
  • Someone with a deep understanding of the interrelatedness and interdependence of disparate hospital departments and is committed to helping them function well together.
  • One who values a collegial environment that fosters the open exchange of creative ideas and solutions.
  • An individual with the ability to bring diverse constituents together toward a common goal and vision.

Personal Attributes

  • An energetic, results-oriented individual, not content with the status quo. One who constantly seeks to achieve a higher level of performance.
  • An individual of the highest personal and professional integrity, principle, and knowledge, earning respect and support when making difficult decisions and choices. Able to establish immediate credibility with peers, senior leadership, and the medical staff.
  • Self-confident and assured with significant presence and charisma, but with a balanced ego.
  • A high-energy individual with a strong work ethic and high expectations for performance.
  • Someone who delegates to others but holds them accountable and demands excellence and timely performance.


An undergraduate degree from a recognized and accredited institution is required, and an MBA/MHA or equivalent is preferred.



· Pay: $160,000-$230,000 annually. Compensation depends on location, qualifications, and experience.

· Position may be eligible for an Annual Incentive Plan bonus of 10%-25% depending on role level.

· Management level positions may be eligible for sign-on and relocation bonuses.



Tenet Healthcare complies with federal, state, and/or local laws regarding mandatory vaccination of its workforce. If you are offered this position and must be vaccinated under any applicable law, you will be required to show proof of full vaccination or obtain an approval of a religious or medical exemption prior to your start date. If you receive an exemption from the vaccination requirement, you will be required to submit to regular testing in accordance with the law.



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