Derek Castaneda

Senior Manager

Derek Castaneda

"The best organizations are driven by talented individuals working together in high performing teams. People are the most important asset of any organization. It’s crucial to find talented CEOs and senior executives who can help lead a healthcare organization to the next level. I enjoy being part of the team to make that happen."


Derek conducts national executive searches for hospitals, health systems and/or healthcare provider organizations. In addition, he conducts fair market value executive compensation analyses for hospitals and consults on succession planning for CEO and other C-suite executive positions for his clients.

If you work with Derek, you will have a business partner who follows through, takes the time to listen and understand your situation and will work as hard as you do to ensure success.

In his free time, Derek enjoys paying it forward by coaching basketball, softball and baseball teams. He has been involved in sports his entire life and attributes his professional success to having great coaches and mentors that taught him about teamwork, sportsmanship and being a student of the game.



  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management


  • Bachelor of Business Management - Doane University, Crete, NE


Client Work

  • Led the system level Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive searches for St. Luke's Health System based in Boise, ID. St. Luke's Health System is the largest healthcare provider and employer in Idaho.
  • Recruited the inaugural C-suite team for CyncHealth. CyncHealth, a nonprofit, is the health information exchange for Nebraska and Iowa serving more than 1,100 facilities and connecting over five million lives. Derek recruited the first Chief Financial Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Data Architect for the organization.
  • Led the national Chief Executive Officer search for Providence Medical Center based in Wayne, NE. Providence Medical Center is a faith based independent non profit critical access hospital.
  • Conducted a fair market value compensation analysis for each executive position at Nemaha County Hospital. Positions evaluated included the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating and Nursing Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer.


Community Involvement

  • Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee - Millard Public Schools
  • Site Planning Committee - Willowdale Elementary School
  • Coach - Elkhorn Athletic Association
  • Coach - Millard United Sports
  • Coach - Millard West Lady Cats Basketball Program