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Kirby Bates Associates

Led and operated by successful healthcare and nurse executives, Kirby Bates Associates drives organizations to achieve sustainable outcomes and advance organizations’ key initiatives through Executive Search, Interim Leadership and Executive Advisory Services. We have the firsthand clinical operations experience to recognize organizational challenges, understand their implications and present mission-margin, results-focused solutions.

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Kirby Bates Associates leads healthcare organizations to achieve high-quality, cost-effective patient care through a comprehensive portfolio of proven leadership services. We build long-term relationships with diverse candidates and clients to understand their unique cultures and goals. Our team of successful healthcare and nurse leaders has a deep understanding of interprofessional relationships and the contemporary leadership practices necessary to align multiple stakeholders to improve the delivery of patient care and the lives of everyone we touch. These insights inform our clear understanding and ability to articulate challenges and develop tailored, inclusive leadership solutions focused on achieving our clients’ strategic priorities.


30+ years of success helping organizations deliver high-quality, cost-effective patient care


192 years of collective healthcare leadership experience


50,000+ healthcare leaders in proprietary database


6+ years as Industry Partner for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses 


3 leadership solutions service lines


92% of clients return for multiple engagements 


Kirby Bates Associates leverages broad, diverse professional networks, our reputation for excellence, an extensive proprietary database and deep industry insights to advance interprofessional relationships and to move your organization’s unique agenda forward. We specialize in aligning multiple client stakeholders toward a common vision and creating inclusive and efficient processes.

  • Healthcare and nurse executive search
  • Interim leadership
  • Executive advisory services

Melissa A. Fitzpatrick, MSN, RN, FAAN

President, Kirby Bates Associates

“Every day at Kirby Bates Associates, we apply our national perspective on contemporary and inclusive leadership practices to help healthcare organizations advance their missions, overcome challenges and achieve their strategic goals one leader at a time.”

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  • Alpharetta, Georgia


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“I thought Kirby Bates Associates handled the whole process expertly. We were informed step by step in the process, and our candidate could not have been better suited for our culture.”

– Rose Labriola, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
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“Thank you for presenting a great slate of candidates and finding just one more, who turned out to be the perfect fit! We appreciate everything Kirby Bates Associates has done.”

– Susan Brown, PhD, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, City of Hope