has specialized in healthcare executive search since 1980. He has
successfully completed hundreds of senior level executive searches
in that time, almost all of those for hospitals and health systems.
He has also conducted search assignments for health-related corporations,
managed care organizations, and physician group practices. He consults
regularly with boards and search committees to identify and recruit
Chief Executive Officers, as well as with senior management to recruit
executives to manage critical operational areas such as finance, information
technology, patient care, human resources, marketing, and business
development. He also has been instrumental in securing key physician
executives for leadership in healthcare organizations.
He established Edwards Healthcare Search, a solo practice in
healthcare executive search consulting, on February 1, 1990. Prior
to this, he was a senior partner with Witt Associates, a large healthcare
executive search firm with offices in a number of U.S. cities. As
Senior Vice President and Partner-in-Charge, he successfully established
a western region office for the firm in Newport Beach, California.
Before becoming an executive search professional, Mr. Edwards held
clinical and management positions in two Chicago area hospitals. He
also has experience in retail and real estate management, having spent
three years in property management with the Harper Court Foundation,
a not-for-profit, community owned real estate Management Company in
Chicago, reporting to the board of directors.
Mr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Park College
in Chicago and a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate
School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has been active
in numerous national and local healthcare and professional associations
throughout his career.
Mr. Edwards and his family reside in Naperville, Illinois. He is the
Past-President, and former member of the School Board at St. Raphael
Catholic Elementary School. He has been a member of the board of Mayslake-Marmion
Ministries, participates in numerous church and community activities,
and coaches youth sports.
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