Director Ambulatory Systems

Shift: Day
Schedule: Full - Time Regular

This position can sit in one of the following offices:

  • Nashville, TN
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Tulsa, OK

Ardent Health Services 
invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent’s subsidiaries own and operate 31 hospitals in seven states with more than 25,000 employees including 1,150 employed providers. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 89 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 73 percent of all hospitals ranked. Seven of the company's hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as "Best Places to Work" in 2017 – more than any other system in the country. Ardent's corporate office was named "Top Work Places" for Nashville based companies in 2017 and 2018.

Ardent Health Services invests in quality healthcare.  AHS makes considerable investments in people, technology, facilities, and communities, producing high quality care and extraordinary results. Since 2001, those investments total more than $835 million. From newly constructed facilities and expanded services, to lifesaving technology and outstanding opportunities for employees, AHS is committed to providing its hospitals and clinics the tools needed to succeed. 

Ardent’s work environment is built upon Behavior Standards, which include five key pillars: Service, Quality, People, Financial and Growth. These pillars represent who we are, what we do and how we operate. Our corporate office in Nashville, TN was recently named Best Places to Work by The Tennessean and seven of our hospitals were also named Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare.

OUR MISSION: Ardent Health Services is a premier provider of health care services, delivered with compassion for patients and their families, with respect for employees, physicians, and other health professionals, with accountability for our fiscal and ethical performance, and with responsibility to the communities we serve.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Every action we take at AHS is built on three key tenets:

  • Ardent recognizes that each hospital is as unique as the community it serves.
  • We believe in working with employees and physicians to improve the quality of care, patient safety and customer service and we measure all three continuously.
  • We reinvest in our facilities – helping our hospitals expand services, enhance technology and add new programs that fulfill their missions.

  We believe it is this mix of corporate support and local autonomy that equips our facilities for success.

OUR POSITION: We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Director, Ambulatory Systems.

The Director, Ambulatory Systems provides leadership and strategic direction in the functional support, design, instruction and guidance of the clinical applications to enable the achievement of success in the business operation at the division office and hospital facilities. Responsibilities include:  providing leadership to the Ambulatory Applications Team; developing system strategies that are congruent with overall IT strategies as well as the business goals of stakeholders; fiscal and HR accountability for the Ambulatory Team and Physician Practices; conducting business needs analysis; identifying and mitigating IT risks; and managing the implementation of clinical application projects. Must be an intelligent, articulate and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of the Ardent IT management team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with corporate and market level stakeholders in the understanding of application needs.
  • Develops relationships with strategic vendors to ensure alignment and knowledge of vision and product directions.
  • Identifies the organization's strengths and weaknesses and suggests areas of improvement.
  • Develops and executes structured problem management processes and embeds into team structures.
  • Coordinates with Corporate Application Leadership to ensure consistency and standardization of Ardent application strategy is maintained.
  • Works closely with PMO to help enforce change management process,  project deadlines and schedules and mitigates risk appropriately. 
  • Consistently delivers high-quality services to business stakeholders.
  • Conducts regular cross functional meetings/calls with teams to solicit feedback and organize activities related to continued improvement/optimization.
  • Delivers informative, well-organized presentations.
  • Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.
  • Prioritizes and resolves issues.
  • Provides leadership and technical guidance to identify system deficiencies and analyze system problems and solutions.
  • Exhibits confidence and an extensive knowledge of emerging industry practices when solving business problems.
  • Collaborates with business stakeholders to introduce innovative solutions.
  • Works in partnership with other IT leadership to ensure continuous improvements are operationalized and included in future implementation efforts.
  • Generates enthusiasm among team members.
  • Proactively seeks opportunities to improve operations and execution.
  • Facilitates effective team interaction.
  • Acknowledges and appreciates each team member's contributions.
  • Develops and fosters relationships with business stakeholders.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction.
  • Manages business stakeholder expectations effectively.
  • Mentors those with less experience through informal channels.
  • Ability to travel up to 50%.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent business experience, required in clinical or healthcare industry.


  • 10+ years of experience in clinical care or healthcare delivery
  • 5+ years of experience in a leadership capacity
  • Subject matter expertise in multiple clinical application modules/solutions with experience in configurations and system setup
  • Proven ability to understand business and clinical issues and objectives as well as the ability to translate them into application solutions and workflow
  • Established project manager of multiple large scale large projects of 12+ team members
  • Experience managing: (1) Resources and critical path; (2) Project scope; (3) Issues identification and oversight; (4) Change control processes; (5) Stakeholder communications; and (6) Project budget
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Preferred experience with the following EPIC Ambulatory Products: (1) EPICare Ambulatory; (2) Care Everywhere; (3) EpicCare Link; (4) Beacon; (5) Bones; (6) Nephrology; (7) My Chart; and (8) Nurse Triage