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Frank Thayer

Senior Vice President


Frank Thayer is a seasoned healthcare executive search and human resources professional who also offers demonstrable physician faculty and research organization experience. Mr. Thayer directed executive talent acquisition and business development for over 15 years in a variety of healthcare organizations. He is also recognized for his work with non-profit agencies. He has served as Chairman of the National Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC), Baltimore Rape Crisis Center and Newport Martin Luther King Center. He conducted the first CEO search for Union Mission, the largest homeless center in Savannah and southeast Georgia.

Mr. Thayer graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned his Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University. He has been active for over 25 years throughout the healthcare industry serving as COO of a teaching hospital, CEO of a rehabilitation hospital, VP of operations for a multi-hospital system, COO of a large physician faculty practice plan, VP for operations of a national multi-facility government ambulatory care system and Director of Executive and Physician Talent Acquisition. He is an affiliate of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Prior to joining Nagle & Associates, Mr. Thayer started the healthcare division of a search firm headquartered in New England and opened its southeast offices in Savannah and Atlanta, GA and Chapel Hill, NC.

Mr. Thayer brings to each assignment a varied background of healthcare operations and clinical experience including:

  • 15 years of comprehensive experience in executive search, through not only comprehensive corporate talent acquisition, but also healthcare human resources related consulting engagements.

  • Extensive talent acquisition experience in multi-level executive placement in a wide variety of healthcare organizations encompassing multiple disciplines.

  • Clinical experience as a physician assistant and nurse. Mr. Thayer has held clinical leadership positions including serving in large military medical centers in the United States as well leading medical air evacuation units overseas.

  • Led the education and organizational development function of human resources for large complex multi-facility systems with 5,000 to 10,000 employees. He developed and taught behavioral interviewing and other recruitment training for senior hiring managers.

  • Led the first executive diversity initiative and how to assess the capacity for change management in leadership recruitment.

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