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I was recently on the phone with 2 different client
hospitals. One in the northeast, one in the midwest.
Both are in need of contract Senior Project Managers for 6 month+
efforts, and both have very specific project leadership needs their
existing teams can't meet. (Incidentally in both cases, this is due
to not having enough full-time staff.)
In both cases, when asked by me, each hiring manager said they
do not need PMI-certified technical Project Managers. One's
explanation was something to the effect of, "I don't think it
matters. Many of my best PM's are not PMP-certified, and the
one on staff whose certification I helped subsidize was the least
effective PM here before and after her certification." The
other said, "It's fine if they've got it but I have to have someone
experienced with some advanced IT issues related to new
construction, and I want someone who's a rock star technically but
also has a hospital IT background."
Does certification matter for healthcare project managers?
The answer consistently from clients is both, it depends, and,
usually not. I have not yet encountered a hospital interested
in bringing in someone with strong IT project management skills but
no healthcare experience. I have run into a few who are open
if the Project Management Office (PMO) sits inside of the IT
organization, since these leaders consider all projects in the PMO
to be technical in nature.
For organizations where the PMO is enterprise-wide (meaning not
relegated to IT but encompassing the entire organization), there
seems to be little interest from hospitals to consider project
management leadership from individuals unless they hold past
healthcare experience. That is probably as it should be,
since there are credibility and past experience issues at stake
when the technical staff interacts with, and requires help from,
the clinical staff. Particularly when clinical systems are
being added, upgraded, or changed.
If you've got an opinion, let's hear it.