LENEXA, Kan., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- B. E. Smith has hired Laurie Gehrt to lead the firm's Interim Leadership and Consulting Solutions divisions as senior vice president. An accomplished healthcare executive, consultant and clinician with more than 15 years of experience as a business leader and provider, she starts at B. E. Smith immediately.
Gehrt's responsibilities include new service development and expansion into new markets, as well as service quality and client/employee satisfaction. She is a skilled negotiator who builds strong relationships with clinicians and C-suite executives, according to Tim Morgan, chief operating officer, B. E. Smith.
"A collaborative communicator with significant experience devising strategic solutions for healthcare organizations, Laurie has a track record of growing these businesses by recommending innovative solutions that deliver sustainable results," Morgan said. "Her clinical background and change management skills coupled with the ability to develop high-performing leaders will be invaluable to our clients."
Prior to joining B. E. Smith, Gehrt was chief nursing officer for Cerner's U.S. Consulting division, where she led 220 consultants nationwide and provided clinical expertise to clients regarding regulatory issues and healthcare policy. Listed as inventor on several Cerner patents, she gained significant skills in automating care delivery and informatics during her 12 years in senior leadership roles at the firm.
A licensed registered nurse, Gehrt earned a master's in business administration from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a bachelor's in nursing from the University of Illinois – Chicago College of Nursing. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).
Gehrt can be reached at [email protected].
About B. E. Smith:
Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare leadership solutions firm and the top-ranked provider of Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Consulting Solutions. Veteran healthcare leaders and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith's proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 600 leaders worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques and the largest database of skilled healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in today's complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit www.BESmith.com or call 877-802-4593.
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