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Dallas, Texas – Feb. 20, 2018 – A group of executive search veterans has come together to launch a new search platform, HealthSearch Partners, which will specialize in identifying and placing transformational, mission-minded CEOs and senior leaders in healthcare systems. The team will capitalize on the benefits of both its collective experience and its small size to bring focused attention to clients looking for leaders who embody their mission and can execute it well.

“Health system boards now have an even better option than the customary ‘Big Four’ search firms.  Our experience gives us the unique ability to consistently identify the transformational leader mission-minded healthcare organizations need,” says Ed Fry, President/CEO of HealthSearch Partners. “We also have the unusual opportunity to access candidates who are off-limits to many large firms due to their wide range of clients and placements, enabling us to be even more selective when finding the right leader.”

HealthSearch Partners combines the leadership of three successful search firms:

  • Barry Cesafsky and Laura A. Conley from CES Partners in Oak Brook, IL,
  • Ed Fry and Ivan Bartolome from FaithSearch Partners in Dallas, TX, and
  • Keith Southerland and Neill Marshall from Southerland Partners in Dallas, TX.

Collectively, the principals have managed more than 500 healthcare CEO searches.

“What sets us apart is that we have the level of experience and expertise of a large firm, but the speed, creativity and access of a small firm,” says Ivan Bartolome, Vice President. “Our clients aren’t passed on to a junior consultant after they sign. They work with senior consultants every step of the way — people who have 20 to 30 years of experience, have seen it before and can lead a search confidently.”

HealthSearch Partners is now available to take on new clients. To learn more, visit


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