Physician Recruitment

The Recruiting Process: Five (5) Basic Steps:

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  1. Sourcing
  2. Selecting
  3. Interviewing/Site Visit
  4. Closing/Relocating
  5. Onboarding


The first step in the process is to select a dedicated retained search firm and contingency companies to source candidates.  The search firm that has been selected for a specialty has been interviewed on site by our Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and references have been verified. All contracts are reviewed and signed by our CEO. In general, candidate’s surface approximately 4-6 weeks once signed.


Prior to the site visit, potential candidates are pre screened, background checked, professional references have been completed, and a copy of their National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) has been received. The NPDB is a report which would provide information pertaining to Medical Malpractice Payment Records, State Licensure Actions, Exclusion or Debarment Actions, Government Administrative Actions, and Clinical Privileges Actions. If all of the above meet our criteria, the site visit is scheduled.

Site Visit

The site visit is very important in the recruitment process.  We invite the physician, spouse and children, being that they are critical to the relocation process. The visit is comprised of two days. A typical visit for the physician includes the following:

  • Meetings with Administration and Directors
  • Meetings/lunch with Physicians (same specialty and referring)
  • Tour of the facility
  • Tour of the community
  • Tour with realtor
  • Free time spent in our community
  • Dinner to include Physicians, Board Members, Administration and Directors
    • The dinner is casual and includes spouses and guests.  They are important in regards to introducing the families to our Board members, medical staff and community.


The day after the site visit, all Board members, Administration, Directors, physicians and medical staff that met with the candidate are emailed directly for feedback. This feedback is shared with both our CEO and CMO. If positive, we move forward with the following:

  • Contract in place.  All contracts are negotiated with Ron McArthur and are contingent upon being granted hospital privileges (credentialing).
  • Credentialing
  • Board Approval


The Onboarding stage focuses on the effectiveness of bringing new physicians onboard by aligning them with the organization’s culture and systems. It starts as soon as the recruiting process begins.

  • Onboarding includes familiarizing new physicians with an organization’s protocols, processes, and standards.
  • When onboarding is done effectively, physicians feel included as a member of the organization.
  • Well-designed programs promote collegiality and introduce new physicians to others whom they will interact.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning about physician opportunities at Summit Healthcare please contact Lisa Echales, Physician Recruiter at 928.537.6968 or email: Lisa Echales.

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