Gobel Group Welcomes Former Hospital CEO Jeff Fried as New Executive Consultant

Gobel GroupPress Release

Gobel Group is pleased to announce that Jeff Fried has joined the team as an Executive Consultant. In his role, Jeff will be leading Gobel’s GRACE (GRAtitude, Compassion, Empathy) program and will help engage executives and other administrative staff through Gobel’s leadership training programs.

“We’re overjoyed to have Jeff come aboard,” said Chad Gobel, founder and CEO of Gobel Group. “His expertise in hospital administration, and his ability to illustrate the ways philanthropy can become a part of their day-to-day lives, will prove invaluable to our clients. Having a former C-Suite member on our team provides us with a unique differentiator in our space, and the implications of having access to that wealth of knowledge are immense.”

Prior to joining Gobel Group, Jeff served as the President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare, where he provided strategic leadership for all health system entities, including 2400 employees and over 100 employed physicians. During his time at Beebe, he also worked with the Foundation to develop and implement a capital campaign to raise $15-25 million for long-term growth and expansion of the healthcare system. With one year remaining in the campaign, Beebe has already surpassed its goal and is heading towards the completion of the most successful philanthropic endeavor in its history.

Jeff has also served as assistant vice president at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and in a variety of roles at Lancaster General Health, before ultimately serving as chief operating officer. Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Kansas and his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Washington University. For the last 24 years, he has also been a member of the Young President’s Organization and the World President’s Organization, and he is actively involved in his community.
“We’re excited to utilize Jeff’s talents as a strategic supervisor,” said Randall Hallett, president and principal consultant at Gobel Group. “His experience with leading successful initiatives in order to drive funding at hospitals will offer us incredible insight into how best to develop our GRACE program. Now we’ll be able to tailor the curriculum so that it can be most effective in generating desired outcomes.”

With over 35 years of demonstrated success in a variety of healthcare administration roles, Jeff understands the importance of effectively acquiring funding to further the hospital’s mission.

“Over the years, healthcare has been moving towards a more value-based model, and research has revealed a strong connection between patient and employee satisfaction, and the importance of both in terms of funding,” said Jeff. “At Beebe, I had the chance to work with Gobel Group and to focus on both the patient and the physician experience, and to devise ways to turn those experiences into opportunities to raise money for the organization. Gobel’s GRACE program in particular highlights how those components work together to benefit the organization and the community as a whole. In all my years in this industry, I’ve never seen any program that addresses all three components – patient experience, employee satisfaction, and philanthropic goals – simultaneously.”
GRACE was created to help healthcare professionals develop gratitude, self-compassion, and empathy within themselves, and by extension, with their patients. One organization’s foundation office received 42 new referrals immediately after its units participated in a GRACE training and saw a ten-point average increase in HCAHPS scores.

“Having been a member of the C-Suite for many years and particularly the last twenty-four as CEO, I have a clear understanding of what pressures CEOs deal with, and the performance outcomes they are looking to achieve with their teams,” said Jeff. “As a member of the team at Gobel Group I hope to leverage my experiences as a CEO in order to demonstrate to other administration staff the ways philanthropy can become an integral part of their workday.”

With the GRACE program, I see the opportunities to help support healthcare organizations that are looking to improve employee engagement, patient engagement, and community support for their organizations. All CEOs want to see their organizations make a difference in the overall health of their communities. I believe Gobel Group can be a tremendous asset to those organizations that are looking to improve their communities and the healthcare they provide, by helping to garner the financial support to do that.”

About Gobel Group
Gobel Group is the leading consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare philanthropy, and the experts in helping clients build meaningful partnerships with physicians and nurses to create a robust grateful patient program. Gobel’s system can create clinician champions who identify the best prospects, introduce those prospects to you, and become involved in the philanthropic process. The result is more philanthropic revenue for your institution. Gobel has recently expanded its scope of services and now supports clients with strategic planning, campaign planning and management, data analytics, and board and volunteer leadership training, among other areas.

Gobel’s team of 25 individuals includes seasoned healthcare development professionals and clinicians from the top medical centers in the nation, including Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Duke Medicine, and other leading philanthropy programs. Gobel’s consultants have led programs that have raised hundreds of millions annually and directed billion-dollar campaigns. In eight years, Gobel Group has worked with over 315 hospitals across the nation and around the world.

More information on Gobel Group’s services and career opportunities can be found at https://gobelgroup.com.