Kirby Bates Associates knows firsthand the challenges facing healthcare executives today because its leaders have walked in their shoes. The firm has been recognized by Hunt Scanlon as a “top 50” healthcare and life sciences search firm.

Company summary

Founded in 1988 by two nurse entrepreneurs, Kirby Bates Associates takes great pride in its record for “Shaping Exceptional Healthcare Teams… One Leader at a Time.” That is not just its corporate mission — it is the personal mission of everyone who works for the organization.

Kirby Bates’ core business has been nurse executive retained search. Over the years, its evolution to a full-service firm is the result of helping clients develop nursing leadership teams that ensure the delivery of exceptional patient care.


Led by President and CEO Karen Kirby, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE, the firm brings proven expertise to Executive Search, Interim Management, Leadership Coaching and Professional Consultations.

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