About QLK

Derek J. Castaneda


Derek J. Castaneda

Managing Partner

Derek Castaneda is a Managing Partner with QLK based in Omaha, Nebraska. Derek primarily serves healthcare organizations located in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Derek is specialized in leading executive level searches, facilitates placing interim Leaders, and provides organizational assessments. Derek is an evidence-based, analytics driven search consultant – his goal being to identify the right leader to energize a team's expertise, address unique goals and challenges, and propel his client to ever-greater breakthroughs and success.

Derek brings 14 years of healthcare executive search experience to his role, recruiting permanent and interim leadership for his clients. Derek has successfully led executive level searches for non profit health systems (both faith based and non-denominational), nonprofit community hospitals, academic medical centers, midsize to large physician owned practices, critical access hospitals, and healthcare consulting firms. Derek's functional areas of expertise include administration, clinical leadership, finance, revenue cycle, legal, technology, medical group administration, and service line leadership.

As an executive search consultant, Derek has gained an in depth understanding of working with boards and hiring executives to understand the strategic leadership needs of an organization. Derek has successfully executed 169 executive level searches during his career. Derek's average time to fill an executive position is 89 days, and 92% of his placements remained employed for at least three years. In the past five years, 42% of the searches Derek has completed have been in finance or revenue cycle.

Whether you're faced with a turnaround or are growing; Derek prides himself on finding the right person at the right time for his clients. Derek's success is attributed to his experience, ability to listen, attention to detail, positivity, compassion, and work ethic.

Derek is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), National Rural Health Association (NRHA), and American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Derek is currently serving as the Chair of the Awards Committee for the Nebraska and Western Iowa ACHE Chapter, Doane Universities Greek Alumni Board, and Mission Park Homeowners Association Board.

Derek holds a bachelor's degree in business from Doane University, where he competed in intercollegiate track and field and cross country. Derek and his wife are the proud parents of two children, Brynn and Evan.


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