What Our Clients Say:

We Do Things Right…the First Time

Healthcare clients use The Synergy Organization at least five times on average. They appreciate Synergy’s value and understand that it always costs less to do things right the first time.

Here is what some of our highly respected clients have said.

Joseph Caccione, MD

“Their proven approach for leadership assessments, coaching and executive development is truly differentiated from anything else I have experienced. The quantitative aspects and structure utilized stands out as Best In Class.”

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD
CEO of Jefferson Health and
Thomas Jefferson University


“As you know, we had a very complicated and politically charged project that needed an ‘outside eye’ to help us develop a path for a better situation within one of our hospital departments that had been struggling for years. I was so very impressed with your approach and thoughtfulness in engaging with our team at Capital Region to identify issues and propose potential solutions and paths for resolution. Providing us options gave us the ability to adapt your recommendations into a solution that I am happy to report has been sustainable! I also appreciated the addition of…to our project—not only his perspective as a physician but also his value as a good thinker who can provide solid insight into these complicated issues.

“Again, your approach, support and follow up were excellent. I would highly recommend your firm to any organization that is going through a situation that is struggling with finding ‘the answer’ and I expect that Capital Region will be working with Synergy in the future on not only these types of projects but others because we trust your methods, judgment and results.”
Gaspare Calvaruso
Capital Region Medical Center

Patrick Clem

“As a Hospital Board Member, I was referred to The Synergy Organization by my hospital CEO who previously had partnered with Synergy. I requested Synergy’s assistance in conducting Evidence-Based Selection Assessments with candidates whom we had recruited for a newly created C level position within our established, family owned business.  We were provided with focused, balanced, and candid discussions of each candidate’s relative strengths, weaknesses and proven accomplishments, and learned how these compared with our specific needs. The information we received helped us to make a much more informed hiring decision than would have been possible otherwise.

Overall, I am pleased to share that ALMACO’s experiences and results achieved with The Synergy Organization exceeded our expectations and THEY DID MORE than was agreed. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any organization looking to make the right hiring decision about their next leader.


Patrick Clem
CEO – President


“I have had the opportunity to use [The Synergy Organization’s] Evidence-Based Selection Assessment services twice—in our search for a vice president of clinical and support services at Mary Greeley and more recently for a new Vice President. The search for the new vice President was unique, as we had identified a strong internal candidate, as well as several external candidates. Synergy was instrumental in helping us develop a clear, common and objective understanding of the prerequisites for success in this position, Then, they evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate with their Synergy Screening System® against our criteria, which proved very successful.

“Throughout my experience working with Synergy, it was evident that their business and recruitment processes are strongly rooted in the Baldrige approach.”

Brian Dieter
President & CEO
Mary Greeley Medical Center


“I certainly admired, appreciated and learned from your team’s approach to helping us find a new CEO for the Lompoc Valley Medical Center. First, guiding the board and executive management team in identifying the traits we most wanted in our new CEO. Second, directing the solicitation of candidates from across the country that most highly match those traits. Through the initial interview process to providing us a short list of very qualified candidates, each phase was conducted professionally and with one goal in mind, to provide us with the most qualified candidate who met OUR expectations and those of our community.

“Your efforts in providing the same kind of leadership on other executive searches we have done gave us the confidence to trust you and your associates with this most important search. Thanks again for your outstanding…efforts in accomplishing this task.”
Raymond F. Down
Chairman of the Board
Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Rolf K. Haarstad, AIA, ACHE, LEED AP

“I have known and worked with The Synergy Organization for about ten years as both a healthcare system trustee as well as an architect specializing in healthcare design…as the system began succession planning.  The company came highly recommended, and I found (them) to be extremely insightful as to the leadership qualities instrumental to our continued success.  Their work with our leadership team proved immensely important as we just recently transitioned in a new CEO/President, a new CNO and are interviewing a new CFO.  All this change would have seemed radical if we had not prepared ourselves so well with The Synergy Organization’s help.

I cannot recommend… The Synergy Organization any higher.


Rolf K. Haarstad, AIA, ACHE, LEED AP
Senior Vice President

Stephen D. Popkins - CEO - Lompoc Valley Medical Center

I have contracted with and been recruited by several of the traditional, national “big-box” retained search firms throughout my career.  I can honestly say that I have never experienced anything like The Synergy Organization before.  Their thoroughness, professionalism, integrity and demonstrated commitment to ensuring that I was going to be the right fit for my current position helped me to make a great career decision.  Now I understand why Lompoc Valley Medical Center has partnered with The Synergy Organization for Evidence-Based Executive Search so many times before!

Stephen D. Popkin
CEO, Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Robert W. Coulton Jr.

“At the suggestion of a … colleague, I invited The Synergy Organization to help me develop an Evidence-Based Succession Plan for our newly acquired hospital with a mix of legacy and newly appointed C-Suite leaders.

“Synergy’s processes were thorough, efficient, and their findings were accurate. Our consultant went out of his way to accommodate our busy schedules. He provided a detailed report for each member of my senior staff that I continue to reference for their personal and professional goal development. My team reported that they benefitted in many ways from the process and results provided.”

Kyle C. Snyder
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center

Kyle C. Snyder

“Throughout my career, I’ve used many national search firms, but have never experienced anything like this evidence-based search system…

“It’s been my experience that traditional national search firms talk about how they carefully pre-screen and match prospective candidates with their clients’ needs, whereas [Synergy] actually does it. The depth, accuracy and quality of the screening system has been able to save us thousands of dollars in expenses and hundreds of hours of recruiting time to help us find the right candidates to interview.

“In fact, the screening system is so thorough, I almost felt I didn’t need to interview the candidates.

“Working with [the Synergy] team has been easy and enjoyable for us to hire the right leaders the first time.

“Synergy is a reliable partner for helping us acquire top executive talent.”
Loretta Young Walker
Chief Human Resources Officer
MedStar Health

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